Awareness meeting held on BRTS

Special Correspondent

Two corporators oppose the project

Power-point presentation made

VISAKHAPATNAM: Except two corporators, a meeting organised by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on Sunday opined that the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) would benefit the Vizagites but wanted a better awareness created among the people and a right decision taken on the compensation.

The SREI, consultants to the project being taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, gave a power-point presentation to corporators and MLAs of the divisions and constituencies through which the BRTS is proposed. At the end of the meeting, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao said the project would do good for the city and a thorough discussion was needed on the compensation.

Municipal Commissioner Mukhesh Kumar Meena said the BRTS was the cheapest mass transport system and like any other major project that benefits public at large, a few would always be affected.

Transit corridors

The Rs.453-crore project involves creating a 20-km Pendurthy-RTC complex and Simhachalam-RTC complex transit corridors and the existing roads on both ways should be of 100 feet wide. The consultants’ representative Rakesh along with City Planner G.V. Raghu, Chief Engineer B. Jayarama Reddy, Superintending Engineer T. Moses Kumar and Executive Engineer Ravi explained the entire route of the two corridors, the flyovers to be constructed, additional vents in the rail under bridge near Convent Junction, the location of bus stops, etc.

CPI (M) corporator Botta Eswaramma felt that BRTS was not necessary and a better transport system could be arranged on the existing road.

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