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BRTS racing towards completion

G.V.R. Subba Rao
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Bridge on Ryve's Canal is the only task, says Municipal Commissioner

In the fast lane: A view of the BRTS corridor near Satyanarayanapuram in Vijayawada. — Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
In the fast lane: A view of the BRTS corridor near Satyanarayanapuram in Vijayawada. — Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) will be a reality by next couple of months. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has readied 40 buses specially designed for the BRTS. Of this, 10 buses are Air Conditioned. An operation plan is being prepared for plying the BRTS buses.

A missing link, bridge on Ryve's Canal, is the only hindrance as things stand now. The Corporation had taken up construction of a six-lane Bridge on the Ryve's Canal a few months ago. The first slab on the bridge was completed and the Corporation officials are planning to complete the second slab on the bridge by January 2012.

The VMC, earlier, planned to construct a four-lane bridge on the canal, however, it made several changes in the BRTS designs and has finalised to construct the six-lane Bridge. In the revised Detailed Project Report, the VMC included two bridges, one each on Budameru Drain and on Eluru Canal and a Road under Bridge (RuB) on Howrah Railway line to facilitate linking of Pipula Road Junction on Inner Ring Road (IRR) to the BRTS.

When contacted, Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu said: “We are waiting for completion of missing link -- the bridge on Ryve's Canal. The work was going at a brisk pace.

The BRTS buses will ply on roads by January 2012.”

The VMC has asked the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) to earmark a bit of land near Old Bus Station for the BRTS.

It also asked the Railway authorities to provide some space for the BRTS buses in front of the railway station here. The issue is pending with the SCR Divisional Railway Manager, say VMC officials.

According to information, the APSRTC would take up the responsibility of providing the Bus Terminal and Bus Depot for the BRTS buses.

The RTC would make use of the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) as Bus Terminal, and Governorpet-II, Vidyadharapuram, and Ibrahimpatnam bus depots for the BRTS fleet, and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project buses.

The first phase of the BRTS project covers a distance of 15.5 km.

The road connecting the G.S. Raju Road and Madhuranagar, which is meant to be an exclusive BRTS corridor, is now ready. The old Satyanarayanapuram railway track has been converted into the BRTS Road.


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