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Will introduce BRT corridors in an improved form in future in Delhi: CM Kejriwal

Will introduce BRT corridors in an improved form in future in Delhi: CM Kejriwal

Delhi government on Wednesday announced that it will introduce the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) model in an improved form in the national capital.

New Delhi: Delhi government on Wednesday announced that it will introduce the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) model in an improved form in the national capital.

"Delhi government is completely in favour of BRT as a concept. It is important concept and important solution which has been implemented in a nice manner in many parts of the world and our country.

"We feel that in Delhi, it (BRT) was a good concept but it was implemented badly here," Kejriwal said while inaugurating a one-day 'Delhi Transport Vision Conference' here.

Earlier in July, facing criticism, the Aam Aadmi Party government decided to scrap the controversial corridor betweenMoolchand and Ambedkar Hagar in South Delhi built by the earlier Sheila Dikshit dispensation at around Rs 150 crore to encourage public transport.

"We are now going to scrap BRT corridor (from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar), but we will introduce new BRT corridors in Delhi with improved form in future," Kejriwal said.

Recalling his experiences of travelling in crowded buses as a nightmare, the Chief Minister called for a better transport system that can be used by every section of the society.

"I have travelled in buses several times. I know that travelling in a bus packed with passengers is nightmare. We have to make the transport system better in next five years.

"We need to create such public transport system which could be used by every section of society including poor and rich people," Kejriwal said.

"There is a huge gap between demand and supply in terms of public transport. We need to work on five things - availability, easy access, punctuality, reliability and information (pertaining to bus service) - in view of making public transport system better," he said.

Referring to people travelling in Metro, he said that if the government provides good service, people are willing to leave their personal vehicle and use public transport.

Both middle and upper class people prefer to travel in Metro. There are so many people who left driving their cars and started travelling in Metro which indicates that if we give people good service, they are willing to leave their personal vehicle and use public transport," he added.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who presided over the conference, said that we have several challenges ahead to improve public transport as there are multiple authority in Delhi.

"We have to develop such a technology that all information pertaining to public transport could be available on one platform," he said.

The transport minister also said that women safety is also a big challenge for us.

"Government has passed a budget for installing CCTV cameras in buses to ensure women safety. We will also work on providing WiFi inside the buses," Rai also said.

first published:July 29, 2015, 13:44 IST