BRT in Delhi
A lot of studies conducted in recent times distinctly reveal that if the time taken by Delhiites traveling back and forth during peak hours is shortened, then a considerable percentage of Delhi's population would work to a greater extent which ultimately increases productivity. The Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System is primarily intended to solve the traffic problems and cut down road accidents.
Establishment of BRT in DelhiThe very first route of the Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System was opened during the year 2008 beforehand 2010 Commonwealth Games. The BRT in Delhi is operated by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited shortly referred as DIMTS, which is a joint venture of Government of NCT of Delhi and IDFC Foundation. The Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System is mainly introduced to answer the traffic problems the city is facing over the years. The Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System was prompted by standardized systems operated across the world, including Jakarta - Indonesia, Curitiba - Brazil, Guayaquil - Ecuador, Bogota - Colombia and few other cities.
The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) nominated Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT) to blueprint and put through a Bus Rapid Transit System for Delhi during the year 2004. The Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP at IIT Delhi) were named as technical and conceptual consultants. The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System appointed is supervising the administration of public transport systems in the city and engage it on a daily basis.
Operations of BRT in Delhi
From Dr. Ambedkar Nagar in the south to Delhi Gate in the city centre passing across a lot of urban zones located in the South Delhi and on the highway from Delhi to the prominent commercial establishments in Gurgaon as well.
Lenght of the corridor: 14.5 km
Dimensions of the corridor: 28 meters to 51.5 meters extended
Attributes: Bus lane is based in the midst of the route which is 3.3 meters wide of the mark with all-purpose automotive vehicle lanes with a breadth of 6.75 meters to each face
Separate Lanes: Provided for non-motorized vehicles, which include cycles, rickshaws, pedestrians and so on
- Electronic Passenger information display systems are installed in all bus shelters with the new low-floor buses on four routes 419, 423, 521 and 522 being equipped with Global Positioning System tracking facility
- Road officers are posted on the corridor to help commuters, children and senior citizens to cross the road, oversee traffic, guide people to abide by traffic rules and regulations and execute other essential activities related to the corridor
- Security personnel on duty for 24/7
- Reserve cranes (lifting device) are maintained to take out defective vehicles from the corridor
- The daily progress of the Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System is monitored by the Operational Control Centre (Kashmere Gate) and a camp office at DTC Bus Depot Khanpur
- Dedicated complaint redressal system
Positive Impact of BRT in Delhi
- The rate of accidents has substantially decreased
- The Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System is regarded as one of the neatest roads in the city of Delhi
- The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Tansit System Limited has established five bicycle stations at the corridor to allow hiring and parking of bicycles. Studies evidence that the number of bicyclers, walkers and commuters have expanded.
- The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Tansit System Limited has set up an innovative Signalling System to facilitate the flow of traffic and cut down wait time at traffic signals
- According to a survey conducted in 2012, it was accounted that 70% of passengers were traveling faster
NOTE: The current BRT has been scrapped.