When the project started, it was touted as the first BRTS in the country. But, pointed out activists, neither adequate staff nor infrastructure had been put in place by the civic body and the transport body to ensure smooth plying of buses on BRTS stretches. Police have argued that the increasing volume of traffic in the city was finding it difficult to negotiate the narrower stretch of the roads due to the presence of BRTS. It ran for a few years but was stopped for renovation a couple of years ago.
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In , Pune became the second city after Ahmedabad to introduce the BRTS Bus Rapid Transit System project, an ambitious scheme that envisaged the implementation of a high-quality public transport system to offset the rising vehicular traffic and the subsequent congestion within city limits.
To provide its citizens with a reliable medium of public transport, the scheme promised the construction and layout of dedicated bus corridors along with new air-conditioned buses and high-end terminals and stations. This involved the widening of roads and the layout of municipal services such as water supply and electricity along the routes covered.
Compared to the regular bus service, the Pilot BRT successfully marked an increase in number of passengers on the bus routes, along with increased frequency of buses and an overall efficiency in fuel consumption and driving conditions. However, much to the dismay of commuters, the project soon began facing major roadblocks in the initial phase itself.
However, despite the large budgets and a lapse of over 12 years, the project is yet to really take off. We as civic activists suggested various measures, but the administration did not want to execute it. The original plan envisaged the setting up of over km of BRTS routes criss-crossing the city. While 23 additional roads have been proposed, only a handful have been built. Even the corridors built during the pilot phase now need repairs. For instance, the Katraj to Swargate stretch is currently un-operational in places as the work of building bus stations along the route is only half-done.
Similarly, the automatic doors which detect incoming buses and open in line with them on Ahmednagar road and Alandi road BRTS routes have been dysfunctional for months. Water accumulates around the terminal during rainy season, there are no toilets and the lighting is poor making it unsafe during nights.
Out of the buses, only buses are on road on any given day. Some Commuter Statistics for While the BRTS is designed to provide an integrated network of safer, faster, affordable and more efficient public transportation, the project is plagued by major execution and operational challenges.
Project milestones have not been met or are poorly implemented. Some of the other points highlighted by experts include:. This was also a pre-condition for receiving central funding. However, the project has shown severe non-compliance on these parameters with most routes lacking basic safety infrastructure. The bus lanes are regularly used by pedestrians and private vehicles, some of whom enter the lanes inadvertently.
To tackle this problem, it was suggested that the entry and exit points of the BRT lanes be fitted with sensor-activated electronic gates that would allow only BRT buses, fitted with chips, to pass through. Infrastructural hazards: As mentioned above, the automatic doors and digital displays are not working at many bus stations.
This makes travellers lean out to check on the arrival of the next bus. Also, the width and number of intersections on the BRTS routes need to be reduced. They are currently too wide and allow only degree right turns instead of degree right turns, which causes congestion and accidents.
Moreover, the lanes and railings are not well-aligned on most corridors with damaged bollards further increasing the risk of fatalities. CCTVs are also not installed at every traffic junction to allow traffic police to capture violations. Given the rise in accidents and the heavy operational costs, the BRTS system has now become a liability. If it has worked in South America it is because the density of population is lower compared to our cities, and roads there are as wide as our expressways, so you can have dedicated bus lanes without disrupting other traffic.
It would be better to increase the efficiency and frequency of the present PMT fleet. That would not require a dedicated lane, a luxury for our congested cities. What we require is point-to-point buses at higher frequencies. The BRTS experiment is sure to fail. While crores have been spent in the ambitious BRTS scheme, citizens have gained little. But Puneites, especially those relying on public transport for their daily commute, continue to hope for its success.
There is also a need to introduce uniformed ticket checkers at the bus stops. This needs to be supported with regular training and inculcation of a more professional attitude amongst the BRTS staff and workers.
This requires mapping the most popular routes with an increased frequency of buses. If brts is used exclusively for 2 wheelers, it would at least keep the two wheeler riders free from getting brushed by mighty buses and cars. This is the only way to regulate the traffic. And please write a article on traffic jams in pune it takes 2 to 3 hr for 45 min journey. Due to this traffic jams I am changing my job and moving to another city so much frustrated cause of traffic.
I am surprised that there is no mention of the Dapodi Nigdi route which was amongst the first to be built, but not operated since more than 10 years. It is unnecessarily occupying space restricting traffic. Already there is need of repair. Who is responsible for such bad planning? I feel that it should be used for two wheelers because they are just not following traffic rules.
In the first place why did they not make this provision on the side instead of the middle of the road occuping so much place with no space left for other commuters. To implement BRT like projects you first need to understand the type of commuters in a city. Here most of the people travel by bikes and cars. So first Lets understand the frequency of the buses in any area and occupancy in those buses.
Then we can think of applying BRT like projects. Pune needs wide road now. Support Citizen Matters - independent, Reader-funded media that covers your city like no other. Click to Donate.
Get in-depth and insightful stories on issues that affect you every day! Chaotic state of crossings on BRTS lanes. Pic: Ekta Joshi In , Pune became the second city after Ahmedabad to introduce the BRTS Bus Rapid Transit System project, an ambitious scheme that envisaged the implementation of a high-quality public transport system to offset the rising vehicular traffic and the subsequent congestion within city limits. Get the Citizen Matters newsletter. About Ekta Joshi 4 Articles.
Some Commuter Statistics for Daily average number of commuters — 10,02, Average number of buses on routes 1, Number of buses per 1 lakh commuters
Is this finally goodbye for BRTS?
In , Pune became the second city after Ahmedabad to introduce the BRTS Bus Rapid Transit System project, an ambitious scheme that envisaged the implementation of a high-quality public transport system to offset the rising vehicular traffic and the subsequent congestion within city limits. To provide its citizens with a reliable medium of public transport, the scheme promised the construction and layout of dedicated bus corridors along with new air-conditioned buses and high-end terminals and stations. This involved the widening of roads and the layout of municipal services such as water supply and electricity along the routes covered. Compared to the regular bus service, the Pilot BRT successfully marked an increase in number of passengers on the bus routes, along with increased frequency of buses and an overall efficiency in fuel consumption and driving conditions.
12 years and 1100 crores behind it, Pune BRTS fails to solve commuter woes
This new corridor is 7. Specially designed electric buses and CNG buses will ply in this corridor. Currently, old bus stops left side of the road are operational at these locations due to metro construction:. Already catering to over 1. This 14 km long route upto Wagholi has 13 BRT stations on the segregated 7.
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Explained: A decade and many efforts later, BRTS fails to run smoothly in Pune
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