Better corridors soon

Better corridors soon

14 new BRT routes are planned in the capital

While the Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand BRT corridor still remains mired in controversy, several more such projects are in the pipeline in the City.  Six new BRT corridors would be built by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS),  the Public Welfare Department (PWD) would take up seven more. 

The DIMTS projects are Gandhi Nagar - Chilla (10km), Mukundpur - Kondli (25.4km), Karkari Mor - Gokulpuri (8km), Badarpur - Airport (25km), Dhaula Kuan - Chhawala (20.3km) and Dilshad Garden - ISBT (8km).

The planned PWD corridors will add up to 105 kms. The longest stretch to be taken up by the civic body will run 29 kms from from Mukundpur to Palam More. Other corridors are ISBT Kashmere Gate to Shahi Idgah, Mundka to Tikri Border (Old Rohtak Road), Sarai Kale Khan to Jor Bagh (via Barapullah Nullah), National Stadium to Ghazipur, Narela to Azadpur, and Anand Vihar ISBT to Connaught Place. One more corridor between Kirbi Place and Tilak Nagar will be constructed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

While the PWD still has to float tenders for hiring consultant, DIMTS has already submitted the preliminary project report (PPR) of all six corridors. 

DIMTS officials claim that several features of the upcoming corridors would make them better than the existing BRT stretch in south Delhi.

“There would be more space for private vehicles as the ‘right of way on all these corridors varies between 45-60 metres. At stretches where the width is less, the PPR also provides for a hybrid system in which the bus lane would be merged with the private vehicle lane,” says a DIMTS official.

Officials say there would be virtually no reduction in the ‘functional capacity’ of existing MV (motor vehicle) lanes in the planned DIMTS corridors. 

“This is an important highlight as in the current BRT system the original MV lanes have been reduced after the BRT was implemented,” the official said.