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BMC turns to IIT Delhi for BRTS design

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is keen on engaging the Indian Institute of technology (IIT) -Delhi for designing and planning the ambitious Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 16:47 IST
Anil Dubey

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is keen on engaging the Indian Institute of technology (IIT) -Delhi for designing and planning the ambitious Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

BMC authorities have written a letter to the IIT Delhi to become a prime consultant for the BRTS. The first phase of the 21.715-km BRTS corridor from Bairagarh to Misrod costing Rs 226.26 crore was recently approved.

The Transportation Research and Injury Protection Programme (TRIPP) of the IIT Delhi has prepared a similar project for New Delhi. It has also prepared the urban policy of the BRTS for the Union Urban Development Ministry.

During a recent meeting at the JNNURM Cell of the Union Urban Development Ministry, representatives of the IIT, Delhi were also present to assist BMC officials.

BMC officials say that the first phase of the BRTS will not pose any problem as no major land acquisition is involved. “The scheme would cover roads that need least acquisition of private land. So its implementation will not pose any problem,” said BMC commissioner Manish Singh.

City Engineer (Project) Ashok Khare also said that BRTS requires minimum length of 35 meters for construction of corridors. This much space is available at most of the points on the proposed route, he added.

The proposed BRTS corridor would pass through some narrow roads of the walled city after starting from Bairagarh. It would reach Lalghati and further enter the city through main road from the VIP guesthouse to Royal Market. Then begins a relatively busy patch leading to Imami Gate, Peer Gate up to the Shankardayal Sharma Square at VIP Road.

The corridor will link further Kamla Park, Polytechnic Square and Roshanpura to the Board Office Square via Link Road Number-one. Then it will move towards Misrod through Hoshangabad Road.

There is a plan that a part of the corridor would enter the Hamidia Hospital campus to avoid busy traffic from Royal Market to Imami Gate. Officials have also suggested that the corridor would be elevated at this part of the road so that present roads remain intact.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 16:47 IST