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Up in arms: BJP national secretary Vijay Goel and party MLAs from South Delhi Vijay Jolly and Ramesh Bidhuri during a protest march in the Capital on Friday.
Up in arms: BJP national secretary Vijay Goel and party MLAs from South Delhi Vijay Jolly and Ramesh Bidhuri during a protest march in the Capital on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Party leaders to meet Manmohan Singh

NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister and BJP national secretary Vijay Goel and two party MLAs from South Delhi, Vijay Jolly and Ramesh Bidhuri, organised a protest march in the area on Friday to highlight inherent flaws in the controversial Bus Rapid Transit corridor that they alleged was not only hampering vehicular movement but had also proved to be a virtual death trap.

Charging that the “flawed” corridor had in the past few months claimed a number of lives, Mr. Goel said while it provides for dedicated corridors for buses, it has resulted in shrinking of space for other vehicles. And that is why traffic jams have become the order of the day, he alleged.

‘Already late’

Mr. Goel added that while the 5.6-km BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand Hospital was initially due to open by this April, it was running late. He also demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Rs.110-crore corridor stating that it was a drain on public money.

Mr. Jolly said while the corridor was being billed as a major infrastructure project, it lacked even proper sign boards and features for safety and security of bus passengers. “As the bus corridor is right in the middle of the road, passengers are required to cross the road to reach the bus shelters and this puts them at great peril,” he said.

Mr. Bidhuri on his part termed the corridor a hastily planned project and declared that it would prove to be a failure as merely dividing the road was not a solution to heavy traffic movement.

Later, Mr. Goel declared that a delegation would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and apprise him of the problems caused by the corridor so that the six similar new corridors being planned now do not add to the chaos.

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