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PCMC to approach high court to vacate stay on BRTS lane

Social activists and citizen groups had expressed concerns regarding the launch of the Nigdi-Dapodi BRTS corridor because of the absence of proper safety measures on the corridor.

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2018 15:43 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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On February 2, IIT-B submitted a revised report to the PCMC regarding safety features with new suggestions. Now, PCMC will submit the report, along with photographs of the safety measures undertaken, in the high court on February 12 to vacate the stay order. (HT FILE PHOTO)

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will submit a safety audit report of the Dapodi-Nigdi Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) in the Bombay high court on February 12, to vacate the stay on launching the BRTS service.

Social activists and citizen groups had expressed concerns regarding the launch of the Nigdi-Dapodi BRTS corridor because of the absence of proper safety measures on the corridor. After an activist approached the high court in 2014, a stay order was issued on the launch of the bus service.The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) was appointed to conduct a safety audit of the corridor. IIT-B has submitted a report earlier with a few suggestions and the PCMC implemented those recommendations.

Then, on February 2, IIT-B again submitted a revised report to the PCMC regarding safety features with new suggestions. Now, PCMC will submit the report, along with photographs of the safety measures undertaken, in the high court on February 12 to vacate the stay order.

Vijay Bhojane, spokesperson, BRTS cell, said, “According to the guidelines given by the court, the civic administration had appointed IIT-B to conduct a safety audit. The IIT report had recommended several road safety measures, including reparing broken BRTS lanes and separation of pedestrian lane from the bus stop to the crossing. We have implemented all these measures and will approach the court with the reports and photographs to vacate the stay.”

In the report submitted on February 2, IIT-Bombay suggested separation of pedestrian lane from the bus stop to every crossing, signboards to be installed on pedestrian lanes, colouring of speed brakers and installation of user-friendly signages on the BRT lanes.

Bhojane said,“Report states that we have eliminated almost 70% of the errors listed in the previous report. We have implemented almost all the new recommendations too and will submit this report with affidavits.”

Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Nitin Kalje, said, “Our first priority is passengers safety.We have successfully implemented all suggestions given by IIT-B on the BRTS lane from Dapodi to Nigdi. Now, we are hoping that the high court will vacate the stay. We are hoping the BRTS will start soon.”

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation had undertaken a 12.5 km long BRTS lane project from Dapodi to Nigdi in 2012 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).The civic body completed widening of the 12-km stretch of the highway from Dapodi to Nigdi in 2012, the same year it started the plan.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 21:00 IST