Necessary Evil: The BRT corridor
Hello to the world, meet the new ‘wannabe’ mutineer
So what is this BRT, simply means Bus Rapid Transit, a set of roads elevated to form a pathway for HCBS, High Capacity Bus Systems.
Since its inception in 2005 and the laying of foundation stone in October 2006, it has claimed 4 lives from October 2007 to Februry 2008. Not an encouraging fact to build a landmark on.
The decision behind the BRT project is the upcoming commonwealth games which saddi dilli is hosting in 2010.
The corridor is built on the entire stretch from Ambedkar Nagar to Delhi Gate.
Since the construction started it has managed to kill 4 motorcyclists. Only due to its poor planning. The geneva based Internationa Road Federation [IRF] has expressed concern at the safety and feasibility of this corridor and called for its immediate stalling. I quote “The HCBS project in Delhi is the first project in the world which has been started without a detailed project report–something that is virtually unheard for a big project,’’said IRF Vice-Chairman K K Kapila, in a statement issued here, on the occasion of The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. I unquote.
But then again it takes two to tango, why heck these motorcyclist drive when they know that they had a couple of drink or two. When will they realize that their nervous system is as normal like anyone elses and it takes no more than 20 mins for the alcohol to ‘kick’. We all want to be kings and the queens of our respective world but not in the cost of our lives!
If Delhi BRT corridor is the latest killer on the roads then who stops us from being careful.
The entire road stretch, where the project is being implemented in South Delhi, has only four lanes (two on both sides), one lane on both sides is fully being dedicated to the HCBS while the lakhs of motorists and two wheeler users commuting daily on this stretch have been given a raw deal as only one lane on both sides is dedicated to them, which I agree is a bottleneck for the thousands of commuters who stay in that area. One plea to the promoters/builders of this corridor, think on the lines of DMRC [Delhi Metro Rail Corp] they have tried to sustain the peace for daily commuters.
I think the basic fact is; delhites in general give into road rash than following traffic rules. What if you will get home half an hour or to a maximum of one hour late but think of the fact that you will be alive. If delhi is going through a metamorphosis think on these lines that its for your own good, commuting will be easier on the roads and probably one day you stop driving altogether and make use of these convenient systems. As the oft used english proverb goes “better late than never” only a couple of years patience is all delhi is asking.
Safety first than to be sorry later, still reiterating, BRT corridor walo DMRC bhaiyon se baat karo and learn. If dilliwalas are looking forward to crazy traffic jams and agreeing to bear with it for a couple of years more then you are responsible to make it easy for them and not bask in some comfort zone thinking dilliwalas behaved themselves.