A proposal to construct new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors in the city may not take off anytime soon due to unfavourable reports brought back by the team sent to Bogota, Colombia, to study the corridor’s implementation.
The Delhi government recently had a video conferencing session with their Bogota counterparts to share their experiences on the BRT. Sources said officials in Bogota cited many problems caused by the BRT in recent years.
“When it was launched in Bogota, it received great reviews. However, they did not integrate it with other modes of transport that were launched in later stages. Officials also said that as population increased, the number of vehicles on the roads also shot up. As a result, the BRTs became an impediment and led to traffic congestion on roads,” said a source.
The PWD department has reportedly recommended that the BRT is not an effective measure to deal with traffic snarls and congestion. “Rather than constructing another BRT, it is recommended to impose car tax, road tax or congestion tax on people. This would discourage people form having more cars and would get them to switch to public transport,” stated the source.
PWD minister Satyendar Jain said, “Officials in Bogota shared their experience of the BRT. We are yet to be updated on the outcome. Our attempt is to get as many experiences as possible from various places.”
The government floated the idea of the new BRT when the old structure, also based on the Bogota model, was dismantled by AAP ministers in January this year. Demolishing the BRT stretch from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar is estimated to cost nearly Rs 3.95 crore, said officials.
The government had said the corridor was constructed by copying a foreign concept without proper planning, causing inconvenience to people. It was one of AAP’s poll promises to dismantle the corridor.