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SummaryThe UT Engineering Department has also been asked to pitch in and give its inputs

The UT Engineering Department has also been asked to pitch in and give its inputs

Taking a cue from Delhi and Ahmedabad, the Chandigarh Administration has asked the Department of Architecture to prepare a feasibility report on implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the city beautiful.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held recently by officials of the Chandigarh Administration. The UT Engineering Department has also been asked to pitch in and give its inputs over the implementation of BRT in the city.

The report will focus on whether creating a lane for buses (public transport) will result in traffic congestion. Minutes of the meeting were placed on record before the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week by the Chandigarh Administration.

The minutes read, “At present for dealing with congestion on traffic on urban city roads and to give priority to public transport, lanes are being reserved in few Indian cities and in cities abroad for buses through BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridors. In Chandigarh, similar measures are also proposed to be taken up in the near future.”

The RITES report on the comprehensive mobility plan for the Chandigarh Urban Complex has made recommendations in respect of three roads on which BRT corridors can be taken up. The three corridors are:

Corridor 1: starting from Chandigarh armed police complex, Dhanas, this route via Dakshin Marg upto Punjab UT boundary will terminate at Zirakpur chow in Punjab.

Corridor 2: starting from Sukhna Lake via Sukhna Path upto Sector 49, Chandigarh, on North South axis and then westwards via V3 road between Chandigarh and Punjab boundary terminating at Kharar, Punjab.

Corridor 3: starting from PGIMER (Madhya Marg) via Paschim Marg upto Vikas Marg and then moving westwards upto Maloya, Chandigarh, and terminating in Mohali, Punjab.

The BRT proposal extends to the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana as well. Adapting the existing roads to BRT corridor would entail re-proportioning the carriageways and require shifting of services like electricity poles and would also involve felling of trees.

Deliberating on the implementation of BRT, members of the Road Safety Council discussed merits and demerits of BRT implementation.

“The conversion of a city road into a BRT requires, however, appropriate retro fitting, physical segregation of road space (or appropriate road marking) and comprehensive signages through a scheme to be worked out and detailed by traffic engineers following the approved road signages as per IRC or under other established norms. In BRT projects, space is also required to be earmarked for pedestrians and cyclists. Integration of existing cycle tracks with road crossing for making cycle riding easy and safe in the city also has to be planned,” read the minutes of the meeting.

The minutes further read “with the aim to reduce the use of personalized vehicles on the roads which at present consume maximum space, the comprehensive proposal of mass rapid transport system including the BRTS and the Metro in Chandigarh has to be taken forward”.

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