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Won't change decision on BRT: govt

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2012 23:49 IST
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The Delhi government is determined to stand by its decision of not scrapping the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and said it will build more such projects.

Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi said on Tuesday that the government was determined to go ahead with the project as the BRT between Ambedkar Nagar and Delhi Gate has improved flow of bus transport.

The chief secretary said the government also has the option of going to the Supreme Court on the issue, if need be. The hearing on the issue is still on in the Delhi high court.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit also accused "certain sections" of politicising the issue and said the government brought the BRT to serve commuters travelling by bus.

"Some people are politicising the issue needlessly. This BRT project is for the common man and, because of the vested interest of some people, obstacles have come in the way," Dikshit told reporters.

Following a Delhi high court directive, the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) recently carried out a study on the BRT corridor and stated that it has not been effective in improving bus transport.

The HC had, earlier this month, asked the city government to allow all vehicles to use the lane reserved for buses till its final order on a plea for opening the corridor for all.

The Delhi transport minister also held a meeting on the issue but preferred not to comment on it. He said the government's stance would be made clear before the court on Wednesday.

"Worldwide, BRT lanes have helped improve public transport and various plans are in the pipeline in our country too. The idea of BRT was to encourage public transport and not private vehicles. Those who are having problems with the current system are the ones using private vehicles," said a senior Delhi government official.

The 5.8-km stretch of BRT corridor - between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar in south Delhi - was introduced in 2008 and designed on the model of Bogota city in Colombia to make bus and bicycle travel safer and faster and encourage travel that does not involve cars.