Anil Kumar Sastry
Civic agencies to thrash out the ways and means of implementing the BRTS on Silk Board – Hebbal corridor
Dedicated lanes are likely to be located on the middle of the road
Huge investment is required to accommodate
BANGALORE: The bus rapid transit (BRT) that offers seamless travel across the city through dedicated bus lanes is finally taking shape with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) preparing the detailed project report for the Silk Board Junction-Hebbal corridor on the outer ring road (ORR).
The 35-km stretch of the ring road has 17 junctions which are to be modified to accommodate dedicated bus lanes to offer unhindered movement. BDA has entrusted the task of preparing the DPR to Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka Ltd. and the draft report is almost ready. The same will be discussed at a meeting of the Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority this week and the final report will be ready after incorporating changes, if any, suggested, said BDA Member (Engineering), R. Srinivasa.
Right in the middle
The dedicated lanes are likely to be located on the middle of the road and the bus routes will have the flexibility to join or leave the corridor at any intersections, said Mohammad Mohsin, Commissioner, BMLTA and Director, Urban Land Transport Authority. While all intersections may have bus stops at approach arms utilising the “red time” at the intersections, some stops may also be provided at midblock locations which have high passenger catchment.
Mr. Srinivasa said huge investment is required to accommodate BRT corridors on the existing roads and it is yet to be decided who will bear the cost, whether the Government, the BDA or the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. On its part, BDA is constructing the new flyovers on ring roads in such a manner so as to accommodate dedicated corridors, he added.
As per the preliminary guidelines, the road width has to be increased to accommodate three motor vehicle lanes, one dedicated bus lane and one non-motor vehicle lane on either direction, Mr. Mohsin said. At intersections, one each additional lanes for motor vehicles and buses have to be provided. While pedestrian crossing facility could be provided through at-grade signalled crossing, lanes for motor vehicles and buses have to be physically segregated, he said. The Silk Board-Hebbal corridor is being undertaken on pilot basis and 13 more corridors could have the bus rapid transit system as suggested by the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Plan for Bangalore, Mr. Mohsin said. BRTS is already under operation in Ahmedabad where 25 BRTS buses ply on a 12.5 km stretch from RTO to Chandra Nagar. This is the first full-fledged BRTS in the country as similar projects in Delhi and Pune did not have systems like control room, IT infrastructure, dedicated buses, etc.
BMTC Managing Director Syed Zameer Pasha said the corporation is keen on running buses on the dedicated corridors to offer faster services to the commuting public. He said once the corridor is ready, deployment of buses will not be an issue for the corporation as it has sufficient numbers in its fleet.