The Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) between Hubli and Dharwad is likely to take more time than expected as the project was yet to pass through the hurdle of land acquisition for the eight-lane road between the twin cities.

Although the Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company had set a target of commissioning the project by January 2015, it was highly unlikely.

Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla told presspersons here on Friday that the completion of the project depended on how long it took to acquire land. He said that only a preliminary notification had been issued to acquire land and the process was likely to take time.

Two stages

Mr. Shukla said the BRTS project was being implemented in two stages. “The first stage involves development of four lanes on a 19-km stretch. In the second stage, eight lanes would be developed.” He said of the 19-km stretch between Hubli and Dharwad, work was under way to develop 8 km into a four-lane road.

“Already, work on 6 km is in the final stages. The remaining 2 km has delayed because of traffic interchanges,” he said.

Mr. Shukla said the work near the ISKCON temple and the APMC yard had been delayed because of the need to shift electricity poles and BSNL ducts respectively.