It may soon be a smooth ride for commuters of public transport as the new government is likely to roll out a mega bus route project to promote it across the country.
Aptly named as Bus Route Road Improvement Plan (BRRIP), the Rs 40,000-crore project is estimated to cover about 13,000 km bus route in the next three years.
Urban Development Ministry, the nodal ministry for execution of the project, has prepared the draft of the BRRIP to be presented before the new cabinet for its approval.
The BRRIP has been formulated to promote the public transport system as part of the rapid infrastructure development plan in cities and towns.
"Though 14,000 buses have been sanctioned by the government under JNNURM for various cities, there are no adequate roads," said a senior Urban Development official, adding "even the conditions of the existing roads are also pathetic."
There is a need for better roads in cities and towns for the smooth passage of public transport.
Besides the well constructed bus lane, the bus route corridor will also have separate track for cyclists and pedestrians under the BRRIP.
According to the initial estimate, it would cost about Rs 3 crore for one km bus route.