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BRT a failure, we will scrap it: Sheila

If the Congress returns to power in Delhi, it will scrap the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Atul Mathur reports.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2013 19:36 IST
Atul Mathur

If the Congress returns to power in Delhi, it will scrap the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

“We have shelved the plan for more BRT corridors in Delhi. The idea was just not successful. We are going to set that road right (existing corridor) if we come back to power,” Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.

The BRT corridor was introduced in south Delhi in 2008. It was welcomed by bus travellers but thanks to the subsequent road congestion created, car users frequently railed against it. While the BRT ensures a dedicated lane for fast movement of buses, the remaining traffic jostles for space in the remaining two lanes.

Dikshit partly blames Delhi’s drivers for the failure of BRT saying, “There is just no discipline on the road.”

Given that BJP chief Vijay Goel has also said that his party will do away with it if elected to power, the Delhi BRT seems doomed. “We are more interested in overall traffic planning than the BRT,” said Goel.

Ahmedabad, Indore and Bhopal have successfully implemented BRT corridors.