Warning to BRT stakeholders to streamline operations on corridor

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New Delhi, Apr 22 (UNI) Waking up to the massive traffic chaos witnessed on the Moolchand-Ambedkar Nagar stretch of the BRT corridor during the last two days of its trial run, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today gave a stern warning to stakeholders of the corridor to tighten all loose ends and set things right in a couple of days.

Chairing a high level meeting, attended by all the stakeholders of the project, to review the present situation and take necessary steps to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the first corridor and overcome difficulties resulting in longer traffic jams, the Chief Minister said the Transport Commissioner would daily make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

Another review meeting on the project would be taken by the Chief Minister on Saturday.

At the two hour-long meeting, attended by Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary to CM P K Tripathi, Transport Commissioner R K Verma, CMD DTC Ramesh Negi, CMD (DIMTS) S N Sahai, Jt. CP (Delhi Police) S N Srivastava, Vice-President CMS C Krishan Kumar, MD RITES V K Agarwal and Prof Dinesh Mohan and Prof. Geetam Tiwari from IIT, Delhi, the Chief Minister said work on all other BRT projects has been stalled till her government receives a successful conclusion about the first BRT Project.

Expressing her government's commitment to ensure people's convenience by removing all obstacles coming in the way of smooth operationalisation of first phase of BRT Project from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand Crossing, the Chief Minister said things would improve during the coming days.

It has been decided to replace Blue-line buses with DTC's Low-floor/ordinary buses from this corridor. The DTC would deploy two conductors in its ordinary buses so that passengers may not be allowed to hang outside the buses and travel on footsteps.

The CMS has been directed to install proper and explanatory signages to enable people to follow the instructions.

The stakeholders would also concentrate on educating people to follow lane discipline. Adequate number of marshals along with traffic police personnel would be deployed to ensure safety of the children, senior citizens and handicapped persons. The Chief Minister instructed the stakeholders to intensify their efforts during peak hours.

The IIT Delhi is also developing suitable software to determine timings of traffic signals on the first corridor.

It was stated at the meetings that the BRT experiment has been successfully undertaken in 80 countries and the present 81st project would also prove to be beneficial to the people.

The Traffic Police has been instructed to deploy its best personnel to overcome the present difficulties. Apart from this, the cyclists and pedestrians would also be educated to make proper use of designated lanes and slip roads would be constructed to facilitate un-interrupted traffic.

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