Braving heat, officials try to manage bus corridor mess

April 24th, 2008 - 5:05 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) After three days of chaos on Delhi’s streets and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s veiled threat to scrap the new bus corridors, officials from the implementing agencies Thursday sweated it out to minimise commuter woes on the 5.6-km-long Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand bus corridor. There was only marginal improvement in the traffic flow as many skipped the bus rapid transit system corridor to avoid harrowing jams. The traffic snarls over the last few days left many apprehensive about getting onto the new corridor.

“I first took the route Tuesday. It was horrifying. The car-motorbike lane was choc-a-bloc. The traffic hardly moved. It was almost the same Wednesday. As a result, I avoided the route Thursday,” said Ankit Manohar, an executive with a private bank in Connaught Place.

The chaos forced senior officials including the Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transport System (DIMTS) chief S.N. Sahai, Manoj Aggarwal, head, transport, R.S. Minhas, senior manager, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), officials from the Transport Department including commissioner R.K. Verma, Delhi Traffic Police and other experts to personally monitor the test-run along the entire route.

DIMTS, the implementing agency for the corridor, has deployed all key officials in an attempt to justify the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government’s decision to elevate the city’s public transport on par with Beijing, Mexico City, Bogot

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