ICTSL mulls fast bus service
WITH AN aim to de-congest roads and streamline peripheral transport services, Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) is exploring possibility of introducing fast speed buses on special tracks that would connect Indore with Mhow, Pithampur and Dewas. The fast buses covering Indore?s peripheral areas will act as a feeder service for ICTSL - run City buses.india Updated: May 11, 2006 14:37 IST
WITH AN aim to de-congest roads and streamline peripheral transport services, Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) is exploring possibility of introducing fast speed buses on special tracks that would connect Indore with Mhow, Pithampur and Dewas. The fast buses covering Indore’s peripheral areas will act as a feeder service for ICTSL - run City buses.
“We are thinking on these lines, all this is at a preliminary stage,” District Collector and ICTSL Executive Director Vivek Aggarwal said. Special lanes for fast speed buses would be developed on the land along the nullahs to be freed from encroachments.
In the first phase of encroachment removal drive from May 15, about 300 slum families residing along the nullahs at Shivaji Market, Toda, Chandra Prabhash Shekhar Nagar would be shifted by June 15.
The displaced would be allotted quarters that have been built by Indore Municipal Corporation and Indore Development Authority under Valmiki Ambedkar Avas Yojana.
The nullahs will be de-silted, pitched and a retaining wall constructed to reclaim the land for setting up special roads. “No other mode of transport will be allowed to operate on special tracks. It will be exclusive for high-speed buses,” Aggarwal said. Using land along nullahs is aimed to put it for public use and prevent slums from returning to existing venues.
Transport division of Union Urban Development Ministry and World Bank representatives who visited here last week and were seemingly impressed with City bus model have agreed to provide international consultants for undertaking survey and making feasibility study.
Once the consultants are selected, they will help ICTSL in taking the project to execution level. If fruitful, the fast-speed bus project will be first such service to operate in the country. These buses, nevertheless, are one of several options of having a Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) in the City, as ICTSL has not dropped the idea of introducing mono rail, magnetic levitation train or sky bus.
O P Agrawal, the MRTS Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry’s Transport Division and World Bank representative Hubert held parleys with Aggarwal during their visit here on Saturday in this connection and assured to provide held.
Meanwhile, ICTSL has ordered for 14 more buses soon. Incidentally, Punjab Government has shown interest in the City bus project and wishes to introduce it in cities like Ludhiana and Patiala that have no public transport system in place. About 10 district collectors from Punjab have contacted Aggarwal to make presentation of ICTSL model before Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.