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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:14 AM   #21
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One more BRTS deadline ends

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As the work on the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) corridor is way behind the schedule, the Indore Development Authority (IDA) is all set to extend the deadline for the project a third time.

During the JNNURM officials' visit recently, IDA chief executive officer Chandramouli Shukla had claimed that by October 31 the work on this project would be completed. However, the IDA has not taken any decision in this regard as the CEO was out of station on Monday. But deadline would have to be extended.

Around 80% work on this project has been completed but there are many religious structures which need to be shifted yet, according to the Niraj-Pratibha Constructions (NPC), the firm working on the project.

Work was started on this project five years back. During this period two times the deadline was extended. Currently, there are 12 such structures that are blocking the construction activities. But the decision on these places has not been taken so far.

The Khajrani mosque continues to be a big obstacle for completion of the BRTS corridor. The issue is pending at the MP Waqf Board. Several members of the mosque committee refused to give even an inch of the land for the project.
BRTS corridor will be developed from Niranjanpur square to Rajeev Gandhi Statue. Work on the bus terminal and the shelters will begin after the completion of civil works.

Even as the city eagerly awaits the BRTS corridor, the unfinished work has become a nuisance for everyday traffic.
The Rs 135 crore BRTS corridor from Rajiv Square to Niranjanpur is being funded by the Union Government.
It was expected to be completed by June 2010.

The company was given two extensions. A delegation from Delhi to assess progress of projects under JNNURM projects had expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in completion of the BRTS early this year.
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In pakistan,Dubai , kuwait and Gujarat mosques or temples or churches are relocated or raged for the development. It will be a dream for all indians to get a striaght roads,bridges unless governament is stubborn in respect of all religious structures.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #23
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IMC removes more hurdles in BRTS way

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The Indore Municipal Corporation on Tuesday removed some more structures that were hampering the construction work of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor.

An IMC team led by its removal officer Rakesh Sharma and city engineer Harbhajan Singh, removed the structures amid protests by shopkeepers and property owners. The removal drive was carried out on the instructions of municipal commissioner Yogendra Sharma.

The drive was undertaken in Vishanupuri area of Bilawali zone. The team removed fencing that had been put up by Roopkumar Hardia and Shiv Kumar Mory and two other sheds from the area. This led to the heated exchange of words between the property owners and IMC officials. The property owners were claiming that administration had not compensated them for the land that was being taken for the project. On other hand, the IMC officials said that they had informed them in advance. The protestors were later pacified by the police and administrative officials.

Some time back the High Court had ordered that all the structures coming in the way of the development of the city should be removed. Another illegal structure that had been put up by Tanker Fabrication shop was also removed from the site. The Indore Municipal Corporation had removed this structure three month ago but the shopkeeper had again put it up. SDM Vivek Shotriya, building Officer Mahesh Sharma and some officials of IDA were also present during the removal drive.

Surprising, even as the civic body continues to remove the structures, the work on the ambitious BRTS project doesn't seem to be reaching anywhere near completion. This despite the fact that its deadline has been extended several times in the past. Now even state government has directed that the project be completed before March.
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No headway in mosque impasse yet

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The committee of district coming in the under administration officials constituted on the instruction of the High Court to sort out the issue of the Chhoti Khajrani mosque at Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor met here on Monday at divisional commissioner's office.

"Representatives of the Indore Municipal Corporation, Indore Development Authority and Masjid committee presented their views. After listening to their views we decided that the spot inspection of the mosque will be done and further action will be taken after that", divisional commissioner Prabhat Parasar said.

There are several hurdles in the BRTS corridor being constructed from Niranjanpur to Rajiv Gandhi square. Most of these hurdles are in the form of religious structures. Although most of the issues have been resolved, some have stood as impediments. The prominent structures coming in the way of BRTS include Gurudwara at LIG square and Chhoti Khajrani mosque.

In case of the Chhoti Khajrani mosque, Waqf Board stayed the removal of the structure. District administration moved HC against the decision.

Following this, HC has instructed to constitute a committee of the officials for resolving the issue. The committee comprises collector Raghvendra Singh, IMC commissioner Yogendra Sharma, IDA CEO, Chandramauoli Shukla, joint director of the town and country planning department, Sanjay Mishra. Members of Waqf Board including Shakeel Ansari, Abdul Rauf and Mufti Zumaid Alam were present in the meeting, beside the committee members and other officials.
Panel to inspect controversial site

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The high power committee, constituted after the directives by the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh high court, has decided to inspect the Choti Khazrani Masjid site coming in the way of BRTS, Narmada Phase III and sewerage projects, before submitting the report to the court.

The committee meeting presided over by the divisional commissioner Prabhat Parashar on Monday heard the Choti Khazrani Masjid committee, Indore Municipal Corporation and Indore Development Authority. The Masjid Committee argued that instead of removing its part falling in the way of the project, the implementing agency should change its design and carry out the construction keeping the Masjid area intact. However, the IMC commissioner Yogendra Sharma and IDA officials had strongly put up their argument and said it was not possible to change the alignment of the road. They also said that the Narmada pipeline and the sewerage line too cannot be deviated from its original path.

After hearing all the concerned officials, the committee comprising, apart from the divisional commissioner, collector Raghvendra Singh and SSP A Sai Manohar decided to visit the site.
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In case of the Chhoti Khajrani mosque, Waqf Board stayed the removal of the structure.
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Hi-tech AC buses will run on Indore BRTS corridor soon

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Hi-tech buses will soon run on the BRTS corridor. Atal Indore City Transport Service Company Ltd has received bids from three suppliers against the tenders it had issued.

A total 50 buses will be procured for the BRTS corridor. Besides being fully air-conditioned, these buses will also have other technological facilities. The buses will open on right hand side and doors will be automatic. The driver will have the option of regulating the doors. Automatic display will update passengers about the upcoming bus stops.

It is for the first time that three multinational companies have evinced interest in the tenders floated by the AICTSCL for procuring buses. Companies include, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors & Korona.

"We are in talks and will complete initial formalities by month end. Once the tenders are given, we will ask company to provide prototype within a couple of months", CEO of AICTSCL and SDM Gautam Singh told DNA. Recently, principal secretary, urban administration and development, had written to commissioners of all civic bodies that bus procurement process under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission should be initiated by February 29.

"Once we get the prototypes we will suggest changes if required and place the orders in congruency with construction work which are underway. We are matching the works and the conditions in such a way that buses and road construction works are completed simultaneously", Singh said.
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BRTS: 22 bus stops to come up

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The committee overseeing construction of the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor has given two months’ time to contractors to build 22 bus stops en route the 14-km stretch from Niranjanpur to Pipliyapala.

District collector Raghvendra Singh in a review meet on Saturday issued these instructions. The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has granted the nearly Rs 15 crore contract to a dozen firms. Some firms have already started work.

Firms BR Goyal Infrastructure and Ramdeen Ultratech are the biggest among contractors for this work.

At present, traffic jams occur between Palasia Square and Industry House Square. Despite the short distance between these two points, commuting time is very long.

According to overseers of this project the jam occurs at this location due to road digging for laying drainage pipelines. At certain places like in front of hotel Amarvilas, work on bus stops has just begun.

The traffic signals along the BRTS corridor will be equipped with bus transit signal priority which will give buses prioritised right-of-way at the signals - the signals will turn green when buses arrive within 100 metres of a signal. Ticketing will be through an automated fare collection system. Commuters will have an option to buy prepaid smart cards and the bus stations will have separate queues for pre-paid and non pre-paid customers.

Under a smart vehicle management system using GPS and GIS (Global Information System), LCD systems at the bus stops and in buses will display information such arrival time of the next bus, bus stops and delays in bus arrivals.

A central operations control centre will monitor the overall operations using CCTVs and network surveillance, using GPS.
BRTS: Now, get a bus in just three minutes

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Even if you miss a bus, you will not have to wait for more than three minutes for another bus once the ambitious Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor become operational in the city.

A decision on the frequency of the buses was one of the several decisions taken in a meeting held to finalise the operational aspects of BRTS corridor on Wednesday.

“We have prepared a plan of operation in collaboration with Embarq an organisation providing environmentally and financially sustainable transport solutions globally,” CEO of Atal Indore City Transport Services Company Limited (AICTSCL) Gautam Singh told DNA.

The buses will be available to the passengers in a gap of three minutes at any of the 22 bus stops which are to be built on the 14-km stretch from Niranjanpur to Pipliyapala.

The traffic signals along the BRTS corridor will be equipped with bus transit signal priority which will give buses prioritised right-of-way at the signals—- the signals will turn green when buses arrive within 100 metres of a signal.

Ticketing will be done through an automated fare collection system. Over the time the commuters will have an option to buy prepaid smart cards and the bus stations will have separate queues for pre-paid and non pre-paid customers.

A total 50 buses are being procured for the BRTS corridor. Besides being fully air-conditioned, these buses will also have other facilities like they will open on right hand side and doors will be automatic. The driver will have the option of regulating the doors. Automatic display will update passengers about the upcoming bus stops.

“As of now the projections say that for the population which is expected to travel on the corridor we need 47 buses at a time,” Singh said.

The officials of AICTSCL, mayor Indore Municipal Corporation Krishna Murari Moghe, apart from other officials were present in the meeting.
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Indore Development Authority to develop 20 parking zones in Indore, Service can start from september

INDORE: In a bid to ease the flow of traffic and urge people to use public transport for commuting, Indore Development Authority (IDA) has decided to develop 20 parking zones on 11.5 km long pilot Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor. Work on BRTS project has already started and the buses are expected to ply from September.

IDA has identified areas like Niranjanpura, C-21 Mall, Raghunath Patrol pump, LIG Gurudwara while other remaining spots will be identified soon. With a cost of Rs 135 crore, BRTS is being constructed from Rajeev Gandhi Square to Niranjapura.


The parking spots would be developed near 20 bus stops so that the residents could avail facility of public transport conveniently, an IDA official said. He added that the IDA plans to develop a system where people can park their vehicles in the nearest parking lot and catch the desired bus.

Prabhat Mishra, an IT professional said that people will use public transport only when it will have better and convenient connectivity to each area. Providing parking facility will certainly encourage people to use public transport.
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BRTS to become functional from January

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Construction of bus stops on pilot Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor will be completed in next two months, remaining works will be over by December and buses will start plying from January, said Indore Development Authority (IDA).

The 11.5 km long BRTS from Niranjanpura to Rajeev Gandhi Square will have 21 bus stops, out which work is in progress on 16 bus stops. Mayor Krishnamurari Moghe said that work is in progress contractor has been instructed to complete the work on bus stops in next two months; however the entire BRTS will be ready by December and buses are expected to ply from January.

Earlier, civic body and IDA were expecting to start services of bus from September but it had failed to complete the work on time and now they are promising to start the service from January. BRTS project had got delayed by more than two and half years and deadline of completion of the project have been extended at least six times.

Mayor along with municipal commissioner, collector and officials from IDA and AITCL inspected the work on BRTS and contractors were instructed to use stainless steel instead of metal steel in construction of bus stops. Collector Raghvendra Singh said that use of stainless steel will enhance the beauty and life of construction.
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Babulal Gaur keeps mum on delay in completion of BRTS corridor

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INDORE: Urban development and administration minister Babulal Gaur was at a loss for words over delay in completion of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor, which has become sore point for the Indoreans. Pilot BRTS of 11.5 km corridor from Rajeev Gandhi Square to Neeranjanpur has been delayed by over two and a half years.

The minister could only say that the project has been delayed due to delay in release of fund from the Union government. However, when he was quizzed about the legal hitches and inability of local bodies in removing encroachments coming in the way of projects, the minister refused to say anything and denied taking any question related to it. "I can only say that the project has been delayed due to delay in release of fund from the central government, that's it," said Gaur.

Not only this, Indoreans will have to wait for minimum ten years for the proposed metro rail in the city. Preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) will only take at least five years from now. Following which, the government will arrange for the fund, tender will be called for work and then finally work will start, at least a decade from now. Earlier, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was supposed to prepare the DPR for the project in six month at the cost of Rs 6 crore. Now, global tender will be called for the preparation of DPR. "We will call global tender for the preparation of DPR of Indore and Bhopal metro and it will take around five years to complete the entire process," said Gaur, adding that metro will be start in phases and first phase may take a decade from now to complete.

Meanwhile, in order to keep Narmada river clean the state government has decided to ban cremation of the body on the bank of Narmada. "All the cremation activities will be shifted to 5km from the bank of Narmada," said Gaur, adding that all the necessary arrangements would be made for cremation at far away place from the bank of Narmada. Right now pollution level is just five per cent in Narmada and state government is determined to keep the river clean.

For this, the state government has prepared a project of nearly Rs 1400 crore for cleaning 1077 km long stretch of river. The government has identified 53 small and big urban centres on the bank of the river or which are discharging their sewerage in the river. "All these 53 urban centres will ask not to discharge their sewerage in the river. For treating their sewerage water and diverting it away from Narmada, the state government will give monetary support to them," said Gaur adding that the civic body would get Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1 crore depending on their size.
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Indore BRTS project to be ready by September: Minister

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The 14 km-long proposed Indore BRTS project worth Rs 140 crore would be ready by September this year, Madhya Pradesh Minister for Panchayati Raj Gopal Bhargawa made an announcement here on Saturday.

All the existing encroachments, including the religious structures, would be removed after public consensus, the minister added.

Bhargawa, who is also minister in-charge of Indore district, admitted that the project got delayed for the last six years.

"A high-level meeting with district administration, public representatives and local religious leaders will be convened over the removal of religious structures from the BRTS route. This would facilitate completion of the BRTS project," he said.

The minister added that the government plans to construct cement roads in the villages of the state.
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One of the major bottlenecks along the BRTS corridor is about illegal parking load that has spilled on to the roads narrowing down motor able space. Majority of the footpaths and service roads have also turned into parking zones. At many places, these parking zones are obstructing traffic movement and are the root cause of jams and accidents.

Unless the issue of parking is resolved, chaos will reign along the BRTS corridor. Parking facilities for the commuters' vehicles at the bus stops is feared to worsen the problems further. Presently, Indore BRTS, which is nearing completion, has not made any arrangements for parking the vehicles of commuters at the bus stops.

A survey conducted by RITES, said that around 80% of the traffic gets delayed due to erratic parking on the roads. Traffic experts suggest that the problem can be solved only by making dedicated parking arrangements.

Shivanand Swami, who conceptualised the BRTS, said that well-developed feeder transport connecting BRTS corridor and proper parking arrangements for the commuters is the key to its success.

In Ahmedabad, BRTS became a hit mainly because parking facilities were put in place for commuter's vehicles at every bus stop along with the project. People found it very convenient and started using public transport in a big way. In other cities including Indore, BRTS has generated negative sentiments mainly because of the delay and inconvenience caused due to the ongoing construction activities.

Rajendra Ravi of Institute of Democracy and Sustainability, who has been working on BRTS in different cities of the country, said that people would use public transport only when they have proper means to travel down to BRTS bus stops. In Delhi, there has a well-developed feeder transport systems connecting the residential colonies with the corridor, while in Ahmedbad, people have the option to park their vehicles at any bus stop, where parking facilities have been made. These commuter-friendly aspects encourage people to use BRTS.

Besides this, Delhi has also constructed two parking facilities on the BRTS corridor for the parking of vehicles of the residents who live in the nearby areas through which the corridor passes through.

Praful Joshi of save life cycles said that the delay in completion of the project has created negative sentiments, but stressed that accidents were not caused due to road conditions.

"Accidents are caused mainly due to ignorance of the safety norms. As per the ruling of Supreme Court, all the safety norms should be followed at the construction site," said Joshi adding that construction site should be barricaded, traffic should be diverted and people should be informed in advance about the construction work and their duration. At the same time, all the labourers working at site should have all safety gadgets.

Tender of project has elaborate safety norms, but most of the time contractors do not follow the norms in order to cut on cost. Unfortunately agencies concerned also do not enforce these norms strictly.
Contractors asked to stick to safety norms

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Indore Development Authority (IDA), which has been facing large scale criticism over the lack of safety measures in the ongoing Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor project, has asked all the contractors involved in the project to strictly follow the safety norms laid down in the tender condition or else, they will be held responsible for any accidents.

The tender for construction works comprises several safety conditions, which were to be followed strictly at the construction sites. However, sources said that safety conditions were blatantly ignored right from the beginning of the BRTS corridor project.

Even IDA had not taken any effort to enforce the safety norms, claimed sources. Now onwards, the contractors will have to seek the permission of traffic department before carrying out any works on road. The contractor concerned will have to first chalk out the alternate road for the section of road, where the construction works will be carried out and get it approved by the traffic department. Besides this, necessary awareness and publicity are mandatory on the work and alternate route before starting any work.

In addition to this, the contractor will have to obtain no-objection certificate from time to time, said an IDA official. The condition of the road changes every day the way the works are progressing and permission taken from traffic department at the beginning of the works will not be valid till the end, says the official adding that a contractor will have to take permission from time to time.

The construction site must be fenced, sign boards should be installed informing about the ongoing works and traffic diversion besides proper arrangements of light at construction site. In addition to this, if works are going on at night, then workers should have necessary safety gears, radium-coated dress and barricades with reflectors or glowing signs, so that motorists can see the work site even from distance.

The contractor will also have to put caution messages and direction marking on the road at regular interval. A detail alternate route should be displayed with safety tips.

Meanwhile, in-charge minister of Indore, Gopal Bhargav, hoped that the BRTS corridor project would be completed by September this year. The minister said that works would be completed on time and obstacles including religious places would be removed after talks with the people concerned. As many as 13 religious places, which are coming on the way of the project, are to be removed.
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Japanese delegation in Indore to assess projects



Indore: A delegation from Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is in the city as part of a tour programme. The delegation would visit a dozen prominent cities in India to extend support to various developmental activities.


The delegation reached Indore on Friday and is expected to visit office of the Atal Indore City Transport Service Co Ltd (AICTSL) for assessing transport system implemented in the city, said additional collector and CEO, AICTSL, Chandramauli Shukla.


The delegation would also meet officials in connection with the project which aim to make Indore a slum- free city. A senior officer of the district administration said the Japanese delegatwould vion isit ongoing projects like BRTS corridor, Super Corridor, sewage project, proposed river side corridor etc on Saturday. The delegation is also expected to meet officers of IMC, IDA and district administration.


JICA aims to make full use of Japan's experience and technologies as it works in tandem with international society to address various globalization-related issues in developing countries in a comprehensive manner.


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed.

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Indore looks to BRTS to speed up growth

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Anyone who has been to Indore even for a day knows that commuting in the city can be a nightmare.

The commercial capital of central India is growing fast — it is expected to house 2.79 million people by 2021. It is, in fact, one of the fastest growing Tier-II cities in the country, according to the Ministry of Urban Development.

It is also one of the five “demo cities” (besides Mysore, Pune, Naya Raipur and Pimpri-Chinchwad) under the Ministry’s Global Environment Facility- funded Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP).

In 2010, the city had 1.18 million vehicles, and with income levels rising, more private vehicles are being added. Each year, the city adds 10 per cent more.

The city’s growth story has brought with it traffic congestion, delay, accidents and suffocating pollution levels. In such a scenario, a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) seems like a good idea.

The BRTS project started in 2007 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It involves the participation of the Governments of India and Madhya Pradesh, and the World Bank.

Under the SUTP, the Global Environment Facility will fund the setting up of the GPS-enabled Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on the BRTS.

The ITS architecture will boast, among other high-tech features, of advance signal systems based on data-centric algorithms for emergency pre-emption and network surveillance with CCTV cameras. The SUTP also envisages support for the BRTS through two Traffic Signal Prioritisation and Automatic Fare Collection plans. These include traffic signal co-ordination with adaptive signal control and a centralised traffic control centre managing 46 traffic signals and priority for BRTS buses.

The BRTS will have Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), which will facilitate off-board fare collection. There will also be a Ticket Office Terminal for issuing “contactless smart cards.” Under the AFCS, fares will be collected by a private company on behalf of Indore City Transport Services Ltd.

The company, under a 10-year contract, will be responsible for the supply, installation, maintenance and operation of the AFCS, besides providing the personnel required. A similar contract-based system is planned for the AFCS of BRTS-Ahmedabad.

While the completed BRTS will cover 106 km, connecting all major corridors in Indore, Phase-I of the project proposes three corridors: the AB Road pilot corridor, the Vijayanagar Chowraha-Ujjain Road junction and Ujjain Road junction-the Airport. The current Rs. 130-crore AB Road pilot corridor runs along 11.7 km and will cater to around 70,000 passengers daily.

“The Indore Development Authority followed a very innovative land acquisition system by offering extra Floor Area Ratio and Transfer of Development Rights instead of cash compensation to landowners. Land worth Rs. 250 crore has been acquired through these methods,” says Chandra Mauli Shukla, former CEO of the IDA, who was involved with the project till last month.

The corridor is expected to have 21 parking lots for commuters. At the current stage, the BRTS stands delayed by three years, and according to some estimates, by six years. “The most important reason… is religious encroachments, besides the slow release of funds from the Government of India,” says Mr. Shukla. The State government hopes to complete the pilot corridor before the end of this year, perhaps by September.
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Atal Indore City Transport Company Ltd ropes in UK-based firm as Bus Rapid Transit System operator: TOI

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In what can be termed as a step closer to start bus service on pilot Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor, Atal Indore City Transport Company Ltd (AICTCL) has signed an agreement with a UK-based company Serco Pvt Ltd as operator of the bus service. With this, Indore BRTS will become first in the country where an international company will operate its bus service.

Serco currently operates Dubai metro and bus service in London. The company will charge Rs 48 per km for operating bus service.

Chairman of AICTCL Chandramouli Shukla said, "A UK-based company has been finalized as operator for BRT service after bidding process." He added that four companies have bid for operating BRT buses, out of which Serco's bid was the lowest. Impressed with the experience and profile of the company, they expect that the city will have a world-class BRTS facility.

Pilot BRTS corridor of 11.5 km long from Neeranjanpur to Rajeev Gandhi Crossing will have 50 buses which will run on dedicated lane. "Buses have been ordered and a demo bus will reach Indore on Saturday. After getting necessary approval for the bus, AICTCL will start getting buses from September end," Shukla said.

AICTCL will miss the deadline of running buses from September. However, officials stressed that things have been set in motion and everything will be on track soon. Shukla said though they will miss the September deadline, they are expecting to start trial bus service from October. "We will get buses by September. Some of the bus stops are expected to be ready by then. We expect to start trial bus service from October," said Shukla.
Residents 'connect' Ahilya Bai with BRTS corridor: Daily Bhaskar

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It seems Indoreans love to connect hallmarks of development in the city with the glorious era of Holkars.

While major institutions and landmarks have already been named after Holkar rulers, the prominent being Devi Ahilya Bai, the latest case of 'Holkar-connect' is naming of ambitious Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

Out of nearly 800 names suggested by the people for BRTS, most have Ahilya in them as prefixes or suffixes. Around 659 emails and 150 letters were received by officers of Atal Indore City Transport Service Company Limited (AICTSCL) till August 25 suggesting names for BRTS corridor.

"The maximum number of names suggested by people have Ahilya as prefixes or suffixes. While some have added something related to Indore or state, Ahilya is the major choice in the names," said spokesperson of AICTSCL, Mala.

"These names will be shortlisted and put up before the board of AICSTCL during its next meeting and the most suitable name out of these will be selected," she added.

In a bid to connect the city residents with BRTS corridor and infuse a spirit of belongingness among them, AICTSCL had invited them to suggest name for the corridor. The individual whose suggestion will be selected will be awarded with a cash prize and will also be invited to the programme when the corridor will be dedicated.
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A demo bus of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is going under test, before it gets nod from the board of Atal Indore City Transport Corporation Ltd (AICTCL). So far, Mayor Kirhsnamurari Moghe, municipal commissioner Yogendra Sharma and principal secretary of urban administration department SPS Parihar had inspected the demo bus.

AICTCL chairman Chandramouli Shukla said test trials are on and will continue for few more days. After that the board would approve with some suggestions and improvement.

AICTCL has ordered 50 such buses, which will ply on pilot BRTS corridor. Each bus will cost nearly Rs 30 lakh and all buses are expected to arrive in the city by September end.

After inspecting the bus, IMC commissioner Yogendra Sharma, expressing satisfaction over the quality of buses, said he would suggest a few more features in the bus.

Mayor Krishnamurari Moghe said once these buses start plying on road, public transport will be pleasant experience for citizens.

Officials express their concern over delay in release of fund by the Union government for Intelligence Transport System project for signals, ticketing and operation of BRT buses. The project, to cost Rs 4.38 crore, has been delayed due to non-release of fund by the Union government. Civic officials have proposed state government to implement the project on Public Private Partnership (PPP) under which certain amount will he given by the AICTCL and the remaining will be raised from private partner. State government has assured to consider the matter in next meeting of finance committee soon.
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'I Bus.' This is the name by which all the BRT buses plying on 11.5 km pilot Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor would be known. This was decided in a board meeting of Atal Indore City Transport Corporation Ltd (AICTCL) held here on Tuesday. The board also proposed to change the name of Agra Bombay (AB) Road falling within city limits to Ahilya Bai Road.

Joint collector and chairman of AICTCL, Chandramouli Shukla said, "The board has agreed in principle the approval for naming the BRT bus as I Bus. AICTCL had started a campaign 'Name Your BRT buses' wherein people were asked to suggest the names. As many as 806 names were suggested by the Indoreans, out of which the name suggested by Navita Gyan Chandani of Shreenagar was approved by the board." Shukla said now they will work on the font and design of the logo and tagline for the bus service. It will be then presented before the board in next meeting. Meanwhile, the board also approved tender for United Kingdom (UK) based company Serco Pvt Ltd as operator of the bus service of BRTS.

"We have an international company as an operator of the bus service. They are operating metro and buses in different parts of the country and they will bring their expertise with them," said Shukla adding that the association of Serco will add value to the BRT service. Shukla said that once it gets IMC nod, AB Road, on which BRTS construction is going on, will be known as Ahilya Bai road. The idea has been inspired from Ahmedabad where the BRTS roads are named as Jan Marg. Ring Road and By Pass Road from Manglia to Rao is a part of the AB Road.
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Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will give Rs 3 crore to Atal Indore City Transport Corporation Ltd (AICTCL) for installation of automatic doors and sensors at under-construction bus stops of BRTS. A proposal in this regard was passed by majority vote in council meet of IMC on Monday.

The move was opposed on the grounds that AICTCL earned huge money and body would again earn money from the BRTS. The IMC, which is already in debt, should not give financial assistance. Congress corporator Ravi Verma argued that civic body is struggling to meet its expenses and thus it should not give money to a profit-making organization.

Mayor Krishnamurari Moghe said BRTS and the road on which it is being constructed belongs to the IMC and once BRTS gets operation it will be property of civic body, so it is their responsibility to share the financial burden.

Another proposal regarding loan of Rs 29 crore from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) for installation of intelligence transport signal along the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) was also passed with majority vote of the house.

Moghe said the installation of signal and control room- which is a must for starting the BRTS - will cost some Rs 60 crore. Out of this, the Union government was supposed to fund Rs 29 crore under the JNNURM. But despite our repeated appeals and guarantee from the state government, the Union government has refused to release the fund.

He said since the construction of BRTS is almost over, it cannot be left as it is, even if the Centre does not give us fund. "After consultation with the state government, it has been decided that the civic body will approach the HUDCO for loan to install signals," the mayor said, adding that the state government will make 80% loan repayment and the civic body the remaining 20%.

Congress corporators said the BRTS would flop in two years after its operation and there was no point in getting loan for it. "After two years, the IMC will again invite tender for breaking BRTS as it will flop due to poor designing and execution," alleges leader of opposition Abhay Verma.
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The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) remained embroiled in all sorts of controversies in 2012.

Removal of encroachments, mishaps at the corridor, repeated missed deadlines of completion, traffic hassles with botched- up construction of the corridor and so on continued to dog the project.

However at the end of the year, the nodal agency Indore Development Authority (IDA) managed to complete its portion of civil works and planned for handling control of the corridor in phased manner to the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC).

The IMC would shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the corridor and constructing 22 bus stops, while Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd (AICTSL) would ply buses in the corridor. First batch of 20 buses would be received in January.

In between, Serco Group, the British transport service providers, won a contract to operate and maintain the new BRTS, a dedicated 11.3km bus corridor.

Serco has been selected for this contract by AICTSL, a special purpose organisation set up to operate and manage the public transport system in the city.

The prototype of the buses which would be plying on BRTS corridor, was brought to the city on August 25. It has a specially designed monocoque structure that restricts jerks to one section of the vehicle.

The buses are having doors towards the left hand sides only. Control of these doors would rest with the driver of the buses.

After struggling for long for completing the project, IDA in November chalked out a plan to hand over reins of BRTS project in three phases to IMC .

Three phases included; portion from Niranjanpur to LIG square, Rajiv Gandhi square to Navlakha and in the third phase, portion from Navlakha to LIG would be handed to IMC.

The project also required mammoth efforts for completion owing to hurdles which kept district administration, IDA and IMC on their toes throughout the year.

Total properties coming on the way of project were 286, total private properties coming on the way were 180, the authorities had total 36 hurdles to remove and out of which private properties were 20.
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An ambitious Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project would become operational in Indore from April, officials said today.

The work on the project had begun in 2007 and is estimated to have cost about Rs. 169 crore.

Addressing a high level meeting with officials of different departments here today, district collector Akash Tripathi directed them to complete the work by March end, and start the BRTS operations in April.
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A team of World Bank officials reviewed BRTS progress and expressed satisfaction over its status, here on Thursday.

Construction of bus stands on the 11-km stretch of BRTS that has 21 stations, is in its last leg while erection of civil infrastructure started in 2007 is on at a good pace.

The team task leader was Nupur Gupta while the experts in the team included Gerhard, Rohit Gauri (IT) and Surendranath who is from Mott McDonald project management consultancy firm which was part of the quarterly review and partly financed the project.

Talking to ToI, Deepak Darda, who made a presentation on behalf of the IBI Group, the project management consultancy firm for Atal Indore City Transport Servises Ltd (AICTL), said, "It was a meeting to review the status of the project, preparedness of civil infrastructure, bus operations, technology components of the project, intelligent transportation system (ITS)."

On the technology part, strategy for implementation and phasing has been decided. The signalling system, based on wireless technology, has already started, said he.

Technical manager of AICTL Rahul Shrouti, said, "We have procured 10 buses for the project from Corona, a Pune-based firm."

Total cost of the project is Rs 47 crore and the World Bank has provided a grant of Rs 9 crore out of it.The project is likely to take off by mid-April.
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Indore needs a Metro (All underground) to solve it traffic problems. In fact they should have had it at least a decade ago. Just BRTS is not going to do anything. Indore has money and resources to get it done, what it needs is a good government and less politics.
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