BRT problems 'teething troubles', 5 corridors to come up
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has dubbed the problems created by it as 'teething troubles' and asserted that upto five corridors would be built before the Commonwealth Games next year as it is a necessity.delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2009 13:11 IST
Unfazed by the controversy over the BRT project, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has dubbed the problems created by it as "teething troubles" and asserted that upto five corridors would be built before the Commonwealth Games next year as it is a necessity.
She said the government has learnt from "mistakes and shortcomings" that were experienced in the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project and will be correcting these in the upcoming corridors.
"It (BRT) is a new concept and I think the real thing was that probably we should have trained (people) and gone about it more meticulously," Dikshit told PTI in an interview while talking about the dedicated bus corridor whose first phase had led to complaints and triggered controversies.
"The real shortcoming was that the people were not used to this new idea. So, they did not know how to use it. By people, I mean not only the pedestrians, the cyclists and the car owners, everybody. And probably, we had not anticipated this," she said.
"Any change that you bring is going to hurt some people," said the Chief Minister who is keen to push development of the national capital in her third consecutive term.
Asked whether she was suggesting that the problems experienced by people initially were "teething troubles", she replied "yes, perhaps that's the word for it."
First Published: Jan 30, 2009 13:09 IST