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300 buses to flood roads in 5 yrs

With a vision to “move people and not vehicle”, the integrated mobility plan to revamp transportation system in the city will emphasise on public transport, which hitherto, is almost non-existent in Gurgaon. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: May 02, 2011 00:10 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

With a vision to “move people and not vehicle”, the integrated mobility plan to revamp transportation system in the city will emphasise on public transport, which hitherto, is almost non-existent in Gurgaon.

According to an estimate, the share of public transport is only 4% which is spectacularly low when compared with the private modes of transport on which 82% of the commuters rely in the millennium city.

To restructure the composition of public-private transport, 300 new buses would be added at a total cost of R150 crore by 2016.

To add to the infrastructure, the city would need 160 new bus shelters which would be set up at the cost of R24 crore.

Separate lanes have also been planned for the intra-city buses which will ply on Gurgaon roads. A total of 74 km of roads would be earmarked for the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor by 2016.

If all goes as planned under the Final Report of Integrated Mobility Plan 2010, the share of public transport would reach an unprecedented level of 61% while the reliance on personal modes of transport would plunge to 33% (from 66% now) by 2031.

When the new bus operations start, the approach roads to the bus stands, especially at Sadar Bazaar Road and Fountain Chowk will be very congested. To fix this problem, re-routing of the buses from/to the bus stand is recommended.

It is proposed to use Lt Atul Katariya Road or Matha Mandir Road instead of Sadar Bazar Road for all buses accessing and starting from the bus stand.

Buses going towards Delhi can use the Bus Stand Road and continue through Lt Atul Katariya Road and either NH 8/Old Gurgaon Road/MG Road/Palam Vihar Road while Jaipur-bound buses can use Bus Stand Road and then Matha Road and Railway Road to access the respective road.