Maha-Metro digs into fully operational BRTS lane putting Nigdi-Dapodi commuters in a jam
On Friday, August 24, the much-delayed BRTS lane, between Nigdi and Dapodi finally became operational. However even after instructions from the civic body to stop “encroachment” in the BRTS lane, Maha-Metro continued its construction in the BRTS lane for its Swargate-Chinchwad metro rail stretch.pune Updated: Aug 27, 2018 17:11 IST
Even as Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporation launched its bus rapid transport system (BRTS) on Nigdi - Dapodi stretch, Maha-Metro has continued its work in the BRTS lane which poses a question on future of the BRTS.
On Friday, August 24, the much-delayed BRTS lane, between Nigdi and Dapodi finally became operational. However even after instructions from the civic body to stop “encroachment” in the BRTS lane, Maha-Metro continued its construction in the BRTS lane for its Swargate-Chinchwad metro rail stretch.
Maha-Metro, which has been tasked with the execution of metro project, has completed the detailed project report (DPR) of the extension of the metro from Chinchwad till Nigdi. MahaMetro will submit the DPR to the civic body in first week of September.
Currently the Metro rail work is being carried out from Dapodi till Empire estate, Pimpri , which is a six-kilometre stretch. As the work is being carried out inside the BRTS lane, public transport buses will have to ply on regular roads, which causes traffic congestion.
Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Maha-Metro said,“Actually there was no plan to occupy BRTS lane.We are discussing the issue with the civic officers and will sort out it soon. However, we have decided to repair all damaged corridors after the completion of our work.”
On other hand, activists alleged that the BRTS route was started in a hurry.
Raju Bodge, an activist said, “Scientifically, civic body cannot run two mass transit system simultaneously. Also, bus rapid transport system is supposed to run in central lane, not on the sides.This is a faulty design.On this ground, in future any one can approach the court and project can be halted.”
On the very first day of launching of BRTS, there was lack of planning by the civic body and traffic police. Many private vehicles entered the lane dedicated for BRTS.
However PMPML buses could not reach the track due to the traffic congestion.Vijay Bhojane spokesperson, BRTS cell told that, many buses skipped the BRTS track as it seemed PMPML had failed to inform its drivers about the launch of the track.
First Published: Aug 27, 2018 15:28 IST