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BRTS in Pune different from Pimpri-Chinchwad’s

DNPUN26380 | 5/12/2010 | Author : Dinesh Thite | WC :282 | Politics & Governance

Ahmedabad model could not be used in Pune because of narrow roads

Differences between implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) projects in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad came to the fore at a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The meeting was called to review implementation of BRTS project in various cities. Standing committee chairman Arvind Shinde, municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade, in-charge of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects Vinay Deshpande and traffic planner Shrinivas Bonala represented the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) at the meeting. Mayor of Pimpri-Chinchwad Yogesh Behl, standing committee chairman Prashant Shitole and municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma represented the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
PMC representatives said that the Ahmedabad pattern of BRTS could not be implemented in Pune considering the comparatively narrow roads and traffic congestion, while PCMC representatives said there are wide roads in Pimpri-Chinchwad and grade seperators have been built, so a proper BRTS project could be implemented in that city.
Shinde said there are significant differences between Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad in view of the population and traffic congestion. Hence, Pune needs to take decisions as per needs of the city.
He said that there was deficit of 1,200 buses in the fleet of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) and the need of the hour was to increase number of buses. So, PMC should be allowed to purchase 350 buses as per the needs of the city. Inducting enough buses in the fleet of PMPML is required to strengthen the BRTS and overall bus service.
It was revealed at the meeting that in Ahmedabad, the BRTS project was implemented on wide roads of the city, but that model could not be followed in Pune as the width of the roads in the city is lesser.

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