Punjab government on Wednesday gave its nod to start the internationally recognised Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) in the major cities of the state and in the first phase of this project, Turkey’s model of BRTS will be replicated in the cities of Amritsar and Ludhiana.
A Punjab government spokesperson said after an in depth analysis of the Bus Rapid Transit System in Istanbul, Turkey during his official tour, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal gave his go ahead to initiate BRTS system in state.
Badal said that they have studied the possibilities of BRTS for Punjab so that the same could be replicated there. He said that this model of BRTS will be introduced in Amritsar and Ludhiana in its first phase and a dedicated corridor will be created for plying of these low floor buses and no other vehicle will get an access to this corridor.
“Before leaving for Istanbul, we have also studied the Delhi model and have also studied the shortcomings which were in there in Delhi model leading to its failure,” Badal said, adding that this successful model of Istanbul will be implemented in Amritsar and Ludhiana in next two years.
Badal also met Istanbul Electricity Tramway and Tunnel’s Chief Hayri Baracli, a public sector company which was operating BRTS in Istanbul and provides transport services in Istanbul, a city of more than 1 crore people, including trams, ferries, buses and the BRTS; and it successfully transports more than 750000 people every day.
The representative of company apprised Deputy CM by giving a presentation on how the BRTS was planned, designed, executed and was being run successfully for the last five years. They also informed that more than 450 buses run on this system at an average speed of 35 KMPH. This system has reduced vehicular traffic by four lakh cars in the city as people prefer travelling on these buses which were safer faster and cheaper.
Badal along with the delegation also had a meeting with an NGO EMBARQ, which carries out studies on how to make our roads and transportation system safer for pedestrians and cyclists in Punjab. The Deputy CM said that this was a New York based company with offices in Istanbul and Delhi and this company was working in with IETT to make BRTS safer and secure. The company also presented a copy of the study carried out in Istanbul to Badal.