Experts discuss BRT future; claim it can prove its worth

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New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) Experts from various fields today gathered here to discuss the future of Bus Rapid Transport and non-motorised transportation in India and felt that the two could provide a convenient transportation system despite problems.

Experts from engineering, transportation and NGOs working on transportation said despite charges of BRT and cycle-rickshaws creating traffic jams, the two can actually provide for a convenient and low pollution mode of transportation in cities facing a traffic boom.

''Cycle-rickshaws, despite claims that they slow down the traffic speed, actually provide for a zero emission tranportation to thousands of people,'' said Nalin Sinha, programme director of Initiative for Transportation and Development Programmes (ITDP-India).

ITDP has helped many municipalities to pursue BRT systems by highlighting the successes of existing BRT projects.

The organisation is now supporting the planning and implementation of systems in India, China, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

''Across the developing world, cities face the seemingly intractable problems of traffic congestion and air pollution.

Traditional bus systems are in decline as increasing congestion leads to lower profits and longer delays...BRT is an increasingly popular way to deliver fast, comfortable and cost-effective solutions for urban mobility,'' said Christopher Kost, technical director of ITDP.

The ITDP claimed that the impact of BRT systems on reducing traffic congestion and air pollution is even greater when they incorporate facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The feedback collected on the workshop ''BRT and non-motorised transportation in Indian cities: Problems, Solutions and the Road Ahead'' will be complied and later sent to the Government.

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