CM's rigid stand on BRT costing crores, says Malhotra

Leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra on Thursday said chief minister Sheila Dikshit is still rigid on her stand to maintain the bus rapid transit corridor despite the Delhi High Court orders suggesting to close it down.

“The adamant attitude of the chief minister towards the construction of BRT corridor has not only caused loss of crores of rupees to Delhiites till now but is also resulting in heavy loss of petrol and CNG due to traffic jams,” said Malhotra. He added that the BJP had opposed the bus rapid transit (BRT) from the beginning.

Malhotra said in most of the big cosmopolitan cities in the world, there is no BRT corridor and wherever it is, out of eight road lanes two lanes are assigned for buses and the remaining six lanes are left for the general traffic.

He added that BRT corridor concept is successful only where there are more than eight to 10 lanes.

“In India, there are two lanes for BRT corridor which caters to a few buses and the remaining two lanes are crowded with thousands of vehicles causing heavy traffic jam which keeps the public stranded for hours,” said Malhotra.

He pointed out earlier where it used to take 15 minutes to cover the a particular distance but now it takes more than one hour.

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