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Underpasses to come up at main traffic junctions

You will soon find new underpasses coming up at important traffic junctions across the Capital. Atul Mathur reports.
Hindustan Times | By Atul Mathur, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2011 12:27 AM IST

You will soon find new underpasses coming up at important traffic junctions across the Capital.

In the next few years, all important and bigger traffic junctions falling along the proposed BRT corridors will have underpass for unobstructed movement of lighter vehicles. With Delhi government promoting the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) concept in a big way in next few years, senior Delhi government officials said they don't want to repeat mistakes they had committed in the first BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand Hospital in South Delhi.

"Separate lane and preference to buses forced us to increase traffic cycles at the intersections. This resulted in longer wait for people travelling in their private vehicles. We do want to promote public transport but cannot create problems for cars," said a senior Delhi government official.

While private vehicles will take the underpass, the buses will travel at grade. Officials said they have selected corridors, where roads are wider or there is scope to construct additional lane for BRT. The Delhi government is likely to construct 15 new BRT corridors with a total length of 233.4 kilometre in next few years. According to senior Delhi government officials, the Supreme Court appointed Environment and Pollution Control Authority has already cleared the proposal and it has now been sent to Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), the technical body that approves all infrastructure projects.

Once the UTTIPEC gives its in-principle approval, detail project reports of each corridor will be prepared and sent to UTTIPEC for final approval.

In the second phase, officials said, 23 more BRT projects, including the ones between Central Secretariat and Vasant Kunj and Delhi Gate to Central Secretariat, will be taken up.

According to officials, of 15 BRT corridors eight corridors would be constructed an managed by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System - the agency which is operating and maintaining 5.8-kilometre Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand Hospital BRT Corridor - while the remaining seven would be taken up by the public works department.

"We had called technical and financial bids from various agencies to provide us consultation. The consultants would be finalised soon. The first stretch that we are likely to take up is 15-kilometre long Narela to Azadpur corridor," a senior PWD engineer said. Apart from seven identified corridors, the PWD will also make provision for BRT on its upcoming East West corridor between Akshardham and Punjabi Bagh and eight flyovers and elevated roads between Vikaspuri and Waziarabad.

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