New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai today said that the Cabinet will take a final decision on the fate of controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the city, a flagship project of the Sheila Dikshit dispensation.
Transport Department was recently directed to prepare a study report on the BRT. The department has submitted its report to the government.
“In the department’s report, officials have given several opinions on whether BRT should be scrapped or not. I have had several meetings with the department’s officials in past.
“However, the Cabinet will only take the final decision on BRT corridor,” Mr Rai said.
Sources said that AAP government has been contemplating of reconverting the 5.8 kms BRT corridor from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar into a regular road.
Five AAP MLAs including Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, whose constituencies fall along the corridor, are in favour of scrapping the capital’s controversial traffic project.
The corridor has led to massive traffic jams prompting demands from citizens that it be scrapped.
The BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand in south Delhi was opened on April 20, 2008 and was welcomed by environmentalists and several transport experts as a solution to Delhi’s traffic woes.
However, poor implementation and bad planning resulted in massive traffic jams in lanes meant for private vehicles. It has been embroiled in controversies since its inception.
Under the ‘Decongest Delhi’ project, transport department has planned to build five more BRT corridors in the national capital, but officials said, the move would not leave any impact on the new proposed corridors in the capital.
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