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BRTS not feasible in State, says Sreedharan

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The Principal Advisor of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E. Sreedharan. Photo: H. Vibhu
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The Principal Advisor of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E. Sreedharan. Photo: H. Vibhu

The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) adopted in several cities with dedicated lanes to provide smooth and affordable transport to the public has no future and is not feasible for Kerala, Planning Board member E. Sreedharan has said.

“Even in Ahmedabad where the authorities claim BRTS is most successful, it is heavily subsidised by the government and is not pollution-free compared to monorail and metro. BRTS has no future. In Kerala, you need six dedicated lanes for BRTS. It will be impossible to acquire land and hence it is not feasible,” Mr. Sreedharan told The Hindu.

Since the vehicles travel in exclusive lanes, they avoid congestion on the road.

Other motorised traffic is benefitted from the BRTS due to shifting of buses to dedicated lanes. Mr. Sreedharan, who is also Principal Advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said the increasing personalised mode of transport should be discouraged to decongest the roads that were narrow compared to other States. Only Kochi had the potential to operate metro. Monorail, another Mass Rapid Transit System, is feasible for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode as per the Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic (PHPDT) that determined the mode of transport, he said.

Increase in vehicles

The State had witnessed a 300 per cent increase in the number of vehicles during the last 12 years.

Ruling out BRTS for the town and cities, Mr. Sreedharan said bus travel should be promoted to decongest roads and roads had to be widened to ensure the smooth flow of vehicular traffic.

“There is no harm in running private buses along with the fleet of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). They should be limited and encouraged to provide good and efficient service to the commuters,’’ he said. The government should promote private bus industry in the State and give recognition to them as the State-owned KSRTC was under financial crisis.

Durability of roads

Mr. Sreedharan, who headed a sub-committee of the Planning Board to find ways to increase durability of roads, had mooted several steps such as decongesting roads, promoting public transport system, and concreting roads.

The Planning Board member said commuters were willing to pay if they got good services from the public transport. Travel cost of the people in the State was less compared to the money spent on education and clothing, he said.

I think Mr. E Sreedharan has taken his nickname "Metro Man" too
seriously. The metro is highly subsidized in comparison to BRTS. We
all know what is happening in Jaipur Metro project.
Instead of criticizing public transport like BRTS, he could talked
more on integration of different public transport modes like BRTS and
Metro rather than harping on Metro. Ahmedabad BRTS has served us well
and quite popular among masses and it is functioning more like a
Metro, it is just that it moves on roads.

from:  Kumar Manish
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 12:22 IST

What ES does not realize is that reducing the road space allocated for
personal motorized vehicles is itself a way to discourage them -
something that BRT achieves automatically, but Metro does not. BRT
also re-structures the entire road space - creating very good NMT
facilities (footpaths, cycle tracks and crossings), none of which is
touched by Metro. BRT is by itself not a magic wand - it needs a
supportive parking policy (less and more expensive parking), a land-
use policy and for all PT modes to be integrated. But since BRT costs
so little, a city can really invest in all these allied projects. The
Metro on the other hand leaves the mess on the road untouched. It is
therefore attractive for the middle class/business class and hence
politicians. BRT is truly pro-poor, which has no supporters. ES does
great disservice to his home state with these biased statements.

from:  Ranjit Gadgil
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 09:23 IST

For all his achievements, it is a pity that he betrays his parochialism.

from:  sethuram
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 19:11 IST
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