Dissatisfied with its existing state, some 30 voluntary organisations will prepare a "people's draft" outlining the public transport in Indore. The draft, to be prepared after obtaining inputs from the general public and non-motorised transport users, will be finalised after consulting transport planners, following which it will be submitted to the administration.
A decision to this effect was taken at a seminar titled 'Indore BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) and Urban Planning: Current Status and Future Planning', held at Pritamlal Dua auditorium here on Sunday.
Organised by city-based NGO Roopankan, the seminar was attended by eminent citizens, activists, as well as organisations working for sustainable public transport systems.
The need for a people's draft arose because it was felt that public transport policy and operations should be driven from the ground up rather than top-down, said the organisers.
"Public transport should be consonant with the needs of the users and space should be allocated to all sections, including pedestrians and cyclists," said Rajendra Ravi of the Delhi-based Institute for Democracy and Sustainability which launched Equal Road Rights Campaign which calls for democratisation of road space.
Earlier, the delegates at the seminar dubbed BRTS a mixed bad declaring that "while it is a good concept the implementation (in Indore) is flawed."
State National Domestic Workers Union secretary Nirmala Devre slammed the rent-a-bicycle service launched by the Atal Indore City Transport Limited (the company that oversees the BRTS). "There are either no cycle tracks on the BRTS and in cases where the tracks have been built that have been usurped by encroachers," she claimed.
Devre said that a social audit of cycle tracks was carried out and a copy submitted tio the administration but nothing happened. Well-known short-story writer Kanupriya, who uses public transport extensively, bemoaned AICTS's propensity for shutting down operations on key routes.