Work on Moolchand-Amb Ngr BRT to continue but others put on hold

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New Delhi, Apr 26 (UNI) Scotching all speculation of scrapping of the BRT corridor between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said work on the 5.8 km corridor would continue but that on other corridors in the planning stage has been put on hold.

Addressing reporters after a meeting to review the progress of the corridor, the Chief Minister, however, said glitches on the Moolchand- Ambedkar Nagar corridor, which has witnessed traffic chaos during its trial run since Sunday, would be removed.

In the meantime, work on all other BRT corridors has been put on hold.

While claiming that there had been some improvement in the traffic situation on the Moolchand-Ambedkar Nagar BRT corridor, Ms Dikshit, however, said additional parallel roads would be built along the corridor for the parallel movement of other vehicular traffic, especially four wheelers.

Further, two footoverbridges would be constructed on the stretch to enable smooth movement of pederstrian traffic.

''The traffic situation on the 5.8 km corridor has witnessed a lot of improvement from the traffic mess that was seen during the first two days of the trial run on Sunday and Monday. Efforts will be made in the coming days to remove additional glitches,''the Chief Minister said.

The 5.8 km-long Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand corridor, which opened on Sunday for a trial run, has been a cauldron of traffic chaos during the first two days in operation.

The corridor has four lanes on each side, meant for buses, scooters and cars, cyclists and pedestrians. The width of the bus lane is 3.5 metres, while the one for scooters and cars is seven metres wide and the lanes for cyclists and pedestrians are two metre wide.

The Bus Rapid Transit System, which has been designed by the Delhi government to ease traffic woes, will have low-floor high capacity buses move in an exclusive central lane, followed by lighter vehicles on either side, and two wheelers in the service lane.

Officials associated with the BRT say the traffic jams on the corridor is in large part due to the fact that those driving two wheelers and four wheeler are not aware about the division of lanes for different vehicles.

''Being a new system for India, getting used to it by the motorists, autorickshaws and pedestrians will take some time.

Infact, the traffic chaos on the first two days is a case of the motorists taking time to get used to it,'' an official associated with the BRT project said.

Reacting to the traffic chaos on the corridor, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, addressing a review meeting on Tuesday, gave a stern warning to stakeholders in the corridor to tighten all loose ends and set things right.

The Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting attended by all the stakeholders of the project to review the current situation and take necessary steps to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the first corridor and overcome difficulties resulting in longer traffic jams.

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