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Delhi Govt. asked to file reply by July 23 on BRT corridor

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Government to apprise it by July 23 of its views on the Central Road Research Institute’s recommendation to open up the BRT corridor to vehicles other than buses to ease traffic jam along the dedicated stretch.

Taking a contrary view to the expert body’s recommendation, counsel for the Government, K.T.S. Tulsi, submitted that as the Government was a party in the petition against the dedicated corridor for the buses and it had not been heard on it so far, it wanted to file an affidavit on it.

Conceding the plea, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw gave him time till July 23 to file the affidavit.

Earlier in his submission, Mr. Tulsi submitted that the matter should not be taken lightly as any adverse order on the corridor would have an all-India impact as it would affect the continuation of the projects of plying buses on reserved stretches in other cities as well.

‘Better benefits’

The Institute in its final report submitted to the Delhi Government’s Transport Department and the High Court said that allowing other vehicles to ply in the dedicated corridor during the experiment “yielded better benefits for the road users compared to the BRT situation”.

“The trial run scenario in 2015 will reduce the total travel time and stop delay (time spent at traffic lights) by 39 per cent and 58 per cent respectively,” the report stated.

The Institute had conducted the trial on a High Court order on a public interest litigation by non-government organisation Nyaya Bhoomi seeking a direction to the Government to open up the corridor for other motor vehicles as well to deal with jam along it.

The experiment-period traffic arrangement of allowing other motor vehicles to ply in the corridor is still continuing as the High Court has allowed it till disposal of the petition.

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