Over 500 cyclists pedal on dedicated corridors in Delhi

April 13th, 2008 - 10:31 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Over 500 cyclists Sunday pedalled in the segregated lane meant for them on the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) between Sheikh Sarai-Siri Fort and Ambedkar Nagar. A number of foreign cyclists also participated in the event. “They pedalled on the track meant for cyclists. They enjoyed the ride. It was an attempt to educate the people how to use the cycle track,” R.S. Minhans, senior manager BRTS, told IANS.

The event was organised jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi), Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), a public sector company under the ministry of railways.

“Such events will dispel the people’s misgivings about the BRTS,” said Manoj Aggarwal, head of transport, DIMTS.

DIMTS is a joint venture of the Delhi government and Chennai-headquartered Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC). DIMTS is executing the BRTS in the city, with IIT-Delhi and RITES as technical advisors of the project.

The first phase of 14.5-km long BRTS corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Delhi Gate is scheduled to open from June this year.

Faced with criticism and controversy from various quarters for the alleged faulty implementation of the project, the BRTS corridor will have segregated lanes for different vehicles. The pedestrians and cyclists too will have dedicated lanes, so will the high capacity buses, cars and other vehicles.

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