Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A week after it was launched, the much talked about Bus Rapid Transit corridor in the Capital appeared to be comparatively less congested on Monday, even as the Government decided not to go ahead with its formal inauguration on May 1.

Main congestion point

The Chirag Dilli junction, which had proved to be the main congestion point, seemed relatively free on Monday, but at the same time traffic piled up at other places such as the Archana cinema crossing.

A traffic department official said: “Though the traffic flow at the Chirag Dilli intersection has improved, it is getting affected on the other colony roads as a result of people avoiding the BRT corridor.” “Bottlenecks on parallel roads such as August Kranti Road and on roads joining the BRT corridor have increased. Press Enclave Road and Mehrauli-Badarpur Road are among the roads that have been affected by the slow-moving traffic on the BRT corridor,” he added.

The re-calibrated traffic signal system that is being worked upon by CMS in consultation with TRIPP to change the duration of the traffic signal from the present 240-second cycle to a better suited one is yet to be made functional.

‘Space wasted’

A Transport Department official said: “Too much of the road width on the stretch has been wasted in providing the bicycle and pedestrian lane. Had one more lane been provided, the traffic movement would have been a lot faster.”