Vijayawada

BRTS trial run in a week

The BRTS bus shelter on Bandar Road in Vijayawada sports a new look.

The BRTS bus shelter on Bandar Road in Vijayawada sports a new look.  

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The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is gearing up to conduct a trial run of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) buses in a week. The Corporation officials are waiting for confirmation of arrival of APSRTC Managing Director (MD), who evinced interest in witnessing the trial run.

The RTC officials are sorting out soft issues like fixing of GPS, public address system etc. in the BRTS buses. The drivers would be given special training to drive the new BRTS buses. A new dress code would also be implemented. The proposed trail run would help in calculating the exact time required to reach one point to another point in the BRTS corridor. The BRTS transportation is tentatively christened as Sugamya. The bus shelters were being spruced with Sugamya Logo and title BRTS bus shelters.

The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) members -- VMC, RTC and VGTMUDA -- will have to float a working capital of not less than Rs.1 crore. It is estimated that at least Rs.25 lakh per month was required to run the BRTS buses. A working capital of around Rs.1 crore is essential, says Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu.

The VMC, actually, thought of running the buses on March 23 coinciding with Ugadi, Telugu New Year Day. Entire infrastructure was ready to kick-start the BRTS. The Corporation will construct a control room near six-lane Bridge on Ryve's canal. The Special Purpose Vehicle is also formed and the RTC would fix the rates for the BRTS buses.

The VMC has readied 40 buses specially designed for the BRTS. Of this, 10 buses are Air Conditioned. An operation plan is being prepared for plying the BRTS buses. The missing link, bridge on Ryve's Canal, is also complete.

The RTC would take up the responsibility of providing the Bus Terminal and Bus Depot for the BRTS buses. The RTC would make use of the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) as Bus Terminal, and Governorpet-II, Vidyadharapuram, and Ibrahimpatnam bus depots for the BRTS fleet and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project buses. The first phase of the BRTS project covers a distance of 15.5 km.

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