Friday, January 22, 2010

Delhi Gate BRT corridor ready for commissioning: Sheila

New Delhi, Jan 20 (UNI) The remaining portion of the Delhi BRT corridor from Moolchand to Delhi Gate is ready for commissioning, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said here today.

''The first stretch of the Delhi BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand has been operational since April 2008. The remaining portion of this 14.5-km-corridor from Moolchand to Delhi Gate is ready for commissioning,'' Ms Dikshit said.

She asserted that the corridor carried maximum number of passengers and ''is bound to cater to the local needs.''

''The next BRT corridor in the capital, will be constructed keeping in view the experiences and feedback received from all concerned sections,'' she stated while referring to the new route chalked out in east Delhi, linking Shastri Park Metro Station to Karawal Nagar.

The Chief Minister was addressing a two-day symposium on Public Transportation in Indian cities with a special focus on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) organised by the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited here.

Transport Commissioner R K Verma, CMD Naresh Kumar, MD (DIMTS) SN Sahai, Bhure Lal, Director UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Brussels, Tony Dufays and Youth Project Coordinator, UITP Brussels Alessandra Gorini were also present at
the inaugural session.

Emphasising that an effective green transport system played a crucial role in economic development, she said the government was keen to overcome incidents of traffic jams by providing a quick, safe, pollution-free, comfortable public transport system to discourage use of private vehicles.

''The government is going to double its green bus fleet from current strength of 5,500 to 11,000, with all of them being low floor, including air-conditioned,'' she said.

Bus stops were also being made wheelchair accessible, opening up travel opportunity for the differently-able and those travelling with young children, she said.

Delhi Metro would also be one of the largest systems in the world by 2020 with the route network extending to 413 km, she added.

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