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Old November 24th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #21
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Inching closer to BRTS reality

SURAT: After the success of BRTS in Ahmedabad, Diamond city has now reached a step closer to realising the dream of having the efficient public transport system. Citizens of Surat will have one advantage over their counterparts in Ahmedabad though - they will experience the comfort of air-conditioned buses from the outset.

After the tender scrutiny committee (TSC) accepted the proposal of the lowest bidder at a meeting on Tuesday evening, preparations for the presentation of the modern information technology that will guide the path and frequency of the buses are on and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) would soon be seeing the bids.

Bidders will make their presentations on Thursday and Friday. "After viewing the presentations and knowing about their bids, the decision to install the information technology system will be taken. As the entire BRTS will be guided and controlled by computers, we will have to select the agency carefully."

Meanwhile, CC road formation work is in full swing at present and Puna-Kumbhariya stage up to Eye Mata Junction will be ready for use by January 26. Kharwarnagar part, however, may take a little longer.

"Even after work orders are issued, a four-month preparatory time is needed before the contractor could start the operations, so we expect first BRTS trip in the city to start in the second half of 2011," said an SMC official.

On Tuesday, TSC had passed the tender of lowest of the four bidders at its meeting to ply 50 AC buses on the BRTS route. TSC accepted the proposal of Chartered Logistics ltd. and Chartered Speed Pvt. Ltd. with the annual expenditure of Rs 12 crore.

The bidder in its proposal had quoted Rs 30.42 per km for non-AC and Rs 35.46 per km for AC buses with minimum of 6,000 km per month and 72,000 km per year. SMC will have to pay this much per bus to the contractor and the latter would take care of operations, maintenance, staff and cost of running the buses. The fares, including the rate of season tickets, would be decided by the corporation.

The same agency runs non-AC buses in Ahmedabad at the rate of Rs 34.50 per km and as the bidding price is just Rs 1.5 higher for AC buses, SMC decided to go ahead with AC buses.

However, this proposal will be sent to the standing committee, made up of elected councillors, and once the rulers approve of it, the work will proceed further. Every BRTS bus would have capacity of seating 100 passengers. JnNURM sponsored-BRTS project of the city would cost Rs 500 crore in the first phase and the work is progressing on schedule in the second year.

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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #22
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Surat BRTS: Private firm bags 7-year contract for AC buses

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The standing committee of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Thursday awarded the contract of air-conditioned buses for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) routes to a private firm.

Civic officials said the contract for seven years was awarded to Chartered Logistic and Chartered Speed Pvt Ltd, which made the lowest bid of Rs. 35.46 for AC buses. Four private agencies had made bids, they said, adding that initially, the company will supply 10 AC buses.

The number of buses might be increased later based of public response. “Based on requirement, we will demand buses from the agency and they will have to supply it to us within 120 days,” said additional city engineer Bharat Shah.

Another proposal for non-AC buses has been put forward before the standing committee, but no decision has been taken in this regard yet.

The BRTS routes, work for which is in full swing, will be from Dumas Resort to Punagam and from Udhna Darwaja to Sachin GIDC.
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BRTS to have 50 AC buses in city

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Inspired by the success of Ahmedabad, the Surat Municipal Corporation has decided to run 50 air-conditioned and 50 non-air-conditioned regular buses on the proposed BRTS routes. A contract to this effect has been awarded to the lowest bidder in the last SMC's standing committee meeting. This is will be first time that the AC buses will be plying on the roads of any city in Gujarat.

The SMC is preparing two stretches of about 30 km for the BRTS. The Rs 499 crore project was sanctioned in 2009 and the work began immediately. Till date nearly 30 per cent of the work has been completed and with over Rs 100 crore allocation for the project in the year 2011, it is likely that citizens will see these buses plying on Udhna-Sachin corridor of 9.97 km shortly. The second stretch is the canal corridor of 19.5 km from Dumas Resort to Sarthana Jakatnaka.

While approving the proposal of procurement, operations and management of these buses, the SMC was hopeful of seeing them on a trial operational run in another six months in Udhna-Sachin corridor. The canal corridor may take some more time to be completed.

The non-ac buses will cost Rs 30.42 per km and AC buses Rs 35.46 per km. These rates are lower than that of BRTS Ahmedabad. In Ahmedabad, regular buses incur a cost of Rs 36.10 per km.

"It will be for the first time in the state that the BRTS will have AC buses plying on its routes in Surat," said Mukesh Dalal, chairman, standing committee.

As per the contract proposal, the contractor would have to procure these buses anytime in 120 days notice period from two years from 2010. Moreover, the SMC will have the rights to advertise on these buses and the revenue sharing will be 90:10 per cent. About 90 per cent of the revenue will go to the civic body where as the remaining will be shared with the operator.

The operator will get a performance guarantee of Rs. 45 lakh per annum and the annual assured bus kilometre per bus has been fixed at 72,000 km. For extra kms, the operator will get 85 paisa per km extra.
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all thinks are good but we do not have airport!!man. FIGHT FOR AIR CONNECIVITY!!!
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Old March 6th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #25
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THINK DIFFERENT,
CM is not helping surat at all. we have population of 4 million and also fastest growing cities of world and also world's no.1 diamond city. But we do not have air connectivity at all. we are fighting from 20 years for air connectivity!!
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Old March 7th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #26
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THINK DIFFERENT,
CM is not helping surat at all. we have population of 4 million and also fastest growing cities of world and also world's no.1 diamond city. But we do not have air connectivity at all. we are fighting from 20 years for air connectivity!!
I visited Surat and I see Airport is their. Probably flights are not their. It depends on Praful Patel to create more routes their.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #27
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I visited Surat and I see Airport is their. Probably flights are not their. It depends on Praful Patel to create more routes their.
Praful Patel is no more an Aviation minister we had to talk to Mr Vayalar Ravi New Aviation minister
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Old March 9th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #28
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Praful Patel is no more an Aviation minister we had to talk to Mr Vayalar Ravi New Aviation minister
whatever. ministers are ministers.
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Demolition drive begins in Udhna for BRTS project

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Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) started a mega demolition drive on Udhna main road on Saturday to clear structures coming under the alignment for widening of the existing road for the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project connecting Udhna Darwaja and Sachin.

Official sources said the drive has been started with the demolition of JP Biscuit store located in the corner of Udhna teen rasta. Out of the total 270 building structures, about 54 structures, including residential and commercial, will be razed to ground and the rest from Udhna teen rasta to Udhna Darwaja face partial demolition.

SMC's Udhna zone had issued notices to the occupiers to vacate their respective buildings. A few of the building owners have started self-demolition of their structures under the road alignment.

Sources said the construction work on the 10.2 kilometre BRTS corridor project connecting Udhna Darwaja and Sachin is going on in full swing. The Rs 78 crore project has a flyover bridge, three sub-ways, walkers' track, pavement, cement concrete road and state-of-the-art bus stop.

Udhna zonal chief D C Gandhi said, "The demolition drive has been taken up on both sides of Udhna main road to pave way for the BRTS project. The drive is likely to continue for few more days before we hand it over for the construction of BRTS."
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Old May 8th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #30
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BRTS gathers speed in city

After more than a decade of wrangling, the widening of Udhna-Sachin main road will be a reality in a year's time. The standing committee of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) had passed a 60-metre road alignment, but the encroachment could not be removed.

However 2009-10 saw a major change once the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) was approved and implemented for the first phase. The initial work of clearing road was very difficult, but it has gathered speed in the last month or so. The last three days have seen large-scale self demolition on the road, which will form 10 km segment of BRTS project. About 165 properties belonging to private owners are the target of either full or partial demolition as the whole stretch is to be made 60-metre wide.

"We expect self demolition by the people to be over in 15 days time and by month-end we will have a full stretch from Udhna Teen Rasta to BRC Gate free of encroachment," executive engineer, Udhna zone, D C Gandhi said.

There are more than 200 workers and officials of the civic body working for the purpose. SMC has made 10 teams for the area and an each team headed by a deputy engineer has a JCB and two trucks at his disposal along with 20 workers. Those who have opted for self demolition are also provided help by these teams as and when asked.

Additional city engineer Bharat Shah, zonal chief of Udhna zone, said, "Latest by month-end we will have a situation where BRTS work can gallop. At present of the Rs 78 crore estimates of this 10 km BRTS route, 25-30 per cent work is complete and before the end of financial year of 2011-12, we will complete the whole project implementation.

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Elevated road over Rajmarg delayed again
Himansshu Bhatt, TNN Jul 19, 2011, 02.08am IST
SURAT: The three kilometre-long elevated road over Rajmarg will take longer to get off the drawing board with fresh plans to merge it with the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project.

SMC executive engineer Bharat Shah said, "The previous tender was scrapped due to a number of reasons. Now, if the elevated road is merged with the BRTS project, part for the expenses will be paid by JnNURM."

With an estimated traffic of more than 2 lakh two-wheelers and about a lakh of four-wheelers passing through the area apart from about 50,000 three-wheelers roaming in the area, Rajmarg has the densest traffic.

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Roads in Udhna, Pandesara unfit for cars
Himansshu Bhatt, TNN Jul 1, 2011, 11.02pm IST
SURAT: A unique mix of industries and worker dwellings dominates Udhna and Pandesara areas in the city. There are over 150 industrial units in Pandesara industrial estate. Hence, any new model of cars that you can't find elsewhere expect it here with the owners of these units. On the flip side, the residential colonies belong to people from lower middle class.

About 21 km of roads in the area are over 120-feet wide, and 23 km wider than 80 feet and 53 km as wide as 40 to 80 feet. However, the ongoing work to lay pipelines has rendered these roads useless for any vehicles.

A dyeing mill owner, who uses his Audi A6 to go to his mill in Pandesara from Athwalines, said, "We are ashamed because of these digging up of the roads in Pandesara for the last three years. We know work is on to lay underground networks but for how long will it continue? How do we take our foreign clients to our mills? We have told them that Surat is the most clean and beautiful city with best infrastructural facilities."

Another textile processor, who travels in a BMW car, said, "Ideally, it should take just 12 minutes from my home on Ghod Dod Road to Pandesara GIDC. But, I spend over 25 minutes in travelling."

On Udhna corridor, a 10-km stretch from Udhna Darwaja to Unn is being converted to a 200-feet road for the BRTS. The work is behind schedule and is expected to be completed by March 2012.

"It should be ready by March 2012," a Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) official said.

Traffic density and its volume in Udhna and Pandesara was about 10,000 vehicles during peak hours in 2004. It has now doubled at Udhna main road, Jeevan Jyot circle, Udhna-Pandesara and CNG junction and Udhna Teen Rasta.
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Centre sanctions Rs 52 cr more for Surat BRTS

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The JNNURM steering committee has sanctioned a second installment of Rs 52 crore for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project in Surat city.

Earlier, it had released Rs 58 crore as part of its first installment.

A few days ago, BRTS committee chief B S Shah had visited Delhi and apprised the chief of the JNNURM steering committee of the progress in BRTS work, 35 per cent of which has been completed.

Sources said that as per the detailed project report, the total cost of BRTS project in Surat is about Rs 459.83 crore.

On its part, the state government has also released Rs 20 crore as its first installment.

Shah said, “The work on BRTS project started in 2009 and with the first installment from both the state and central governments, we carried out work in speed. Seeing our presentations and quality of work done, the steering committee decided to sanction the second installment. If the work is carried out on the same pace, we expect to complete the project in another one-and-a-half year. We are now waiting for the cheque and informed the state government for its 20 per cent share.”
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 01:38 AM   #34
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Work on Surat BRTS going on at snail’s pace...

The much awaited Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project in Surat is still hanging fire, thanks to slow pace of work by contractors. Work is visible only on one of the two routes selected.This has resulted in delay in release of funds to Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).

The BRTS project for Surat was approved in 2008 at a cost of Rs495 crore. Two routes were finalised by the civic body under phase-I and work was entrusted to Ranjit Buildcon. The contract was granted on 2009, but till now, very little progress has been made on both routes.

On the route connecting Udhna Darwaja to Sachin, work of developing BRTS road is going on, while flyover at Kharvarnagar junction and bridge near Sachin GIDC is still incomplete. The pace of work is so slow that it raises doubts about completion time.

The situation on the second route, also called Canal Corridor, is worse. Canal corridor route is supposed to join Dumas Resorts to Sarthana Jakatnaka. It is to be built along a rivulet of the irrigation department. According to sources, while work on the project has started, some patches of land are still to be acquired by SMC. Again, owing to societies built on both sides of the canal, SMC is not going to get width of 60 meters at some places.

No work is visible on a major portion of the route stretching over 19 km except for the route developed at Vesu, flyovers near Anjana built by the bridge department of SMC and a little work at Aai Mata Junction.

"As progress of work is slow, second instalment of funds for the project is getting delayed. SMC has received first instalment of Rs90 crore," said a top civic official, requesting anonymity.

As the BRTS project is under JNNURM scheme, Union government shares 50% of the cost, state government 20% and SMC 30%. According to the contract both government have given 25% of their share to SMC.

Despite slow progress officials claim that the project will get completed soon. "Owing to rains and other problems, work got delayed. But now it is going on at proper pace. We are hopeful of completing work within four to five months. Buses should start plying by March-end. Roads under BRTS route are completed and only certain patches are left," said BS Shah, additional city engineer (SMC).

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Company created to manage BRTS in city

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A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be created for the Rs 500-crore Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), the first route of which is expected to be ready by March 2012.

This company, created with the sole aim of managing the BRTS, will have 11 members under the chairmanship of the municipal commissioner. The SPV will make policies for BRTS and inform Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) of its work and progress on a half-yearly basis.

The city's BRTS project is nearly 8 to 10 months behind schedule. However, a 10 km stretch from Udhna Darwaja to Unn will be ready by March 2012. The other 20 km stretch from Dumas resort to Sarthana on both sides of canal will be complete only by 2012 end or March 2013.

A proposal to set up the SPV was put up for the approval of standing committee which met on Thursday evening and it was approved after making a small amendment of adding one more elected councilor to the original number of 10 as proposed by the administrative wing.

Municipal commissioner Manoj Das said, "The SPV is launched for a speedy and professional job. The committee can take decisions on a day-to-day basis and work efficiently. No time will be lost in implementing the decisions taken by committee."

Talking to TOI, ruling party leader Dayashankar Singh said, "Our basic aim is the smooth operation of the transport system. Once the SPV is set up, things will move smoothly as we will be able to learn from the good and bad experiences of Ahmedabad."

Surat is following the pattern set up in Ahmedabad for smooth functioning of BRTS. An official from SMC said, "The SPV will examine the whole scenario and will adopt practices that have become successful in Ahmedabad and will look for alternatives where they faced problems."

What this effectively means is that the SPV, which will become a registered company, will be solely responsible for the operation and maintenance of BRTS. However, civil infrastructure for the project will be provided by the BRTS cell.

The municipal commissioner will be the chairman of this committee. Deputy commissioner (Special projects) will be a director, whereas the additional city engineer in charge of BRTS cell will be managing director and CEO. The other directors include chairman of standing committee and one more councillor, chief accountant, deputy commissioner of police in charge of traffic, CEO of Surat Urban Development authority (SUDA), regional transport office, a representative of centre's urban development ministry and a representative of the bus operator.
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Why isn't Surat going for Metro when all the small cities half the size of Surat are going for Metro.
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1000 sq m land freed for BRTS in Bhestan

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Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) officials freed nearly 1000 square metre of land for the ongoing BRTS project at Bhestan Charrasta on Surat-Navsari Road of the city in the wee hours of Saturday.

Four persons were arrested for opposing the transfer of ownership of the land from private owners to SMC.

SMC deputy engineer Hitendra Suthar, who filed police complaint against four persons for causing hindrance in the government work, said, "They refused to go away and sat in front of JCB machine. They did not let us complete our job and so I filed the complaint."

Police arrested Thakore Patel, Sanjay Patel, Sachin Patel and Suresh Patel. They were produced before a local court later.

Suthar said, "They had been issued notices in advance. The plot no 14 under town planning scheme 47 needed to be acquired by SMC but the owners are opposed to it."

The BRTS project is behind schedule by six months with regard to the work on the 10 km stretch on Udhna-Navsari Road. The SMC expects to operate BRTS bus services on this route by March 2012.
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Athwa zone frees land for BRTS at Ambanagar

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To put back the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project on track and to ease traffic movement, Athwa zone municipal officers removed 83 encroachments from Ambanagar near canal, 103 structures on Udhna-Magdalla Road and opened up a 40-feet link road near Althan-Bhatar main road. They also freed and took possession of 21,000 sq feet of land on canal corridor and 27,000 sq feet possession on Udhna-Magdalla Road.

D C Popawala, deputy engineer, said, "We have taken possession of a part of canal road, which forms a vital part of proposed BRTS project, after clearing encroachments."

BRTS project is delayed by at least 12 months mainly because of encroachments and non-permission from forest department in a segment falling within Athwa zone. On both sides of the canal, 20-km-long canal corridor is a part of BRTS project which is proposed from Dumas Road near City Plus to Sarthana Jakatnaka.

Removal of encroachments from this stretch will help ease traffic flow from Kapadia Health Club to Harish Dyeing. The affected families were allotted EWS houses at Vesu.

Besides, 20 shops and 50 buildings partially built in Varacha zone were also removed as they fell under TP scheme 12 of Puna from where a 20 metre road has been proposed.
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Why isn't Surat going for Metro when all the small cities half the size of Surat are going for Metro.
Currently govt concentrating on Ahemdabad Metro may be thats why..

But Surat badly need a proper public transportation
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FWIW, recent report suggests Guj Govt budget of Rs 10,000Cr for metro rail in Ahmedabad and Surat during the 12th 5yr plan (2012-2017) (link)

Lets remember that its only during Nov 2011 that Central Govt started suggesting that any 2million+ city is eligible for Metro projects (link), based on Kochi/Jaipur would seem as though previous policy upto now was maybe Centralised planning attempt to try and spread Metro projects across diff states?
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