New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) Concerned at the phenomenal growth of vehicles in the city and in order to give its people efficient means of public transport, Delhi government has come out with the 'Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit Network' plan.
It was proposed to construct 38 corridors of High-Capacity Buses System, Light Rail Transit (tram/sky bus) and mono rail under this expansive project, official sources told UNI.
Under its first phase 12 corridors - seven HCBS, three LRT and two mono rail - were planned to be built by July 2010, before the Commonwealth Games began.
The city had a road length of 31,183 km and metro network of about 62 km while it had about 50 lakh commercial as well as private vehicle plying on its roads. In 2001 itself Delhi had 233 vehicles per kilometre road length, which the highest in the country. Every year about over one lakh vehicles added to its huge fleet.
The national capital was world's fourth most polluted city, having pollutant load more than the combined loads of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. About 70 per cent of its pollution came from vehicles.
Meanwhile, work had already started on the HCBS corridor from Ambedkar Nagar (South Delhi) to Delhi Gate (Central Delhi). And the process of appointing consultants for preparing 'study report' for the remaining six Phase-I corridors was on.
More such corridors were proposed in Phase-II and III.
Delhi Metro on the hand had completed its Phase-I project with the last section (Barakhamba to Indraprastha) been opened for public yesterday. By 2010, Delhi Metro Rail Corp would complete its Phase-II project with six more lines added to the present three.
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