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Amritsar BRTS project starts moving

CHANDIGARH: Amritsar's bus rapid transit system (BRTS) will come with state-of-the-art features like doors of waiting rooms with sensors that will open only when the bus arrives, so as to keep the passengers safe. With Union ministry of urban development approving purchase of 50 buses and work beginning for construction of elevated roads, the project is apparently on track. The first phase of the project is likely to be completed by March 2015.

As per the detailed plan prepared by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), the BRTS will have overhead bridges for smooth movement of pedestrians from both sides of the roads straight to the bus stops. Two dedicated lanes will be created on either side of the median for movement of buses in opposite directions, sources said.

Unlike the existing system wherein buses stop for passengers ahead of traffic lights, BRTS will bring the concept of passengers boarding the bus at intersections, which will utilize the waiting time at the signal, they said.

Elevated roads have been planned at Albert Road, Bhandari Bridge and Daburji bypass, Hussainwala Chowk to Kitchlu Chowk and construction work has already begun at stretches of GT Road and Batala road.

As per the plan, BRTS will have 55 AC buses covering a 30-km route from India Gate (Attari road) to the railway station, Queen's Road, Crystal Chowk, Company Gardens, SSSS Chowk, Celebration Mall and Verka tracks connecting Court Road, Kitchlu Chowk, Rialto Chowk, railway station, Crystal Chowk, Bhandari Bridge, Elevated Road and Daburji.

The decision to introduce BRTS was taken by Punjab government at a meeting on September 19, 2013. Public works department, which will be the executing agency, has been asked to start preliminary work on the project and complete the same within 12 months, sources said.

After its launch in Amritsar and Ludhiana as a pilot project, BRTS would be replicated in Jalandhar and Mohali.

Previous plans to promote public transport in Amritsar have remained in paper. Announced in 2007, the proposed city bus service had failed to take off while the estimated cost of the project has gone up from Rs 13 crore to Rs 46 crore. Then, personal rapid transport system or Pods was planned -- another lofty idea that is set to be scrapped due to doubts over its financial viability.

Key features

-- Doors of waiting rooms with sensors that will open only when the bus arrives, so as to keep the passengers safe.

-- Overheard bridges for smooth movement of pedestrians from both sides of the roads straight to the bus stops.

-- Two dedicated lanes on either side of the median for movement of buses in opposite directions.

-- Passengers will board the bus at intersections itself, which will utilize the waiting time at the signal.
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BRTs in Amritsar and Ludhiana approved; Jalandhar and Mohali could be next.

Pod are replaced by BRTS, the project has been approved by the union ministry under JNURM .
 

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^^ adityahbk, nice thread! BRT Line 1 should open within a year in Amritsar.

Please also create a thread for the approved BRT project in Ludhiana.
 

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^^ adityahbk, nice thread! BRT Line 1 should open within a year in Amritsar.

Please also create a thread for the approved BRT project in Ludhiana.
Most of the information for punjab is printed by people sitting in mumbai or delhi , who think these cities are twin cities or something..

Really cant find info for Ludhiana BRTS
 

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Sukhbir Badal sets deadline to complete the BRTS project till March 2015

The Times of India

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday set the deadline to complete the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project till March 3, 2015 at the cost of Rs 333 crore which would include 7 corridors at important geographical points in the city.

Reviewing the ongoing development projects in Amritsar, Badal said that BRTS project would not only develop the holy city as tourist destination but it would only ease out traffic congestion's and help in curbing pollution on large scale.

The officials of project accompanying him informed that out of 7 corridors 5 would be completed till March 3 whereas the remaining 2 would take 6 months more due to removal of transmission lines.

Talking about the delayed work in the construction of administrative complex Badal asked the PUDA to release the required funds worth Rs 66.87 crore immediately to ensure the completion of project till January 2015.

Deputy CM also asked the officials to speed up the construction work for new central jail at Village Fatehpur with the cost of Rs 132 crore.

Deputy chief minister has asked the director Tourism and Cultural heritage department Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa to take up the matter with Union government for funds for the conservation of historic Ram Bagh Garden.
 

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Amritsar BRTS to get operational by December

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's first Rs 469 crore bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in Amritsar is expected to become functional by December this year. Unlike the Delhi model, the bus lanes will not eat into the existing Right of Way of cars.

"The roads are being widened at some places to create space for the BRTS and where there is no buffer land, elevated roads are being built to ensure that the existing space for cars and other vehicles is not shrunk," said an official.

Due to widespread encroachment along the main roads, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) had problems creating the bus lanes and decided to go in for elevated roads, which require sacrificing the forest cover.

"Dedicating a lane for BRTS to enable uninterrupted flow of buses would involve shifting the entire load of two wheelers, three wheelers onto other lanes. Given the current volume of traffic, this would have led to congestion in case of roads with two lanes only," he added.

According to the proposal, 78 air conditioned buses would be operational in Amritsar and would cover 31km route. BRTs will connect different areas like Sham Singh Attari Wala gate and Bhandari Bridge to India Gate, Bhandari Bridge to Daburji, Daburji Byepass to Verka, Verka to Celebration Mall, Celebration Mall to Sant Singh Sukha Singh Chowk, 4S Chowk to Kitchlu Chowk and Kitchlu Chowk to Old Sadar Police Station.

The decision to introduce BRTS was taken by Punjab government at a meeting on September 19, 2013. Public works department, which will be the executing agency for the project, has been asked to start preliminary work on the project and complete the same within 12 months.

After being launched in Amritsar and Ludhiana as a pilot project, BRTS would be replicated in Jalandhar and Mohali.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...rational-by-December/articleshow/46648810.cms
 

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^^ So does Amritsar BRTS. More importantly Pakistan is a country with ****ed up priority they made a premium BRTS for huge amount in which they could have easily laid out LRT/Tramway or maybe Monorail/Light Metro of similar length.

BTW YTF they keeping calling BRTS a Metro Bus?
 

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I don't think Amritsar's is going to have elevated section, flyovers, signal free interchanges, pedestrian bridges.. and BRTs are called Metrobus in many cities like Istanbul, Mexico City, Bogota etc. BRTs in Pakistan are better than Amritsar's just check the video above.. Amritsar stands nowhere as compared with Lahore
 

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I don't think Amritsar's is going to have elevated section, flyovers, signal free interchanges, pedestrian bridges.. and BRTs are called Metrobus in many cities like Istanbul, Mexico City, Bogota etc. BRTs in Pakistan are better than Amritsar's just check the video above.. Amritsar stands nowhere as compared with Lahore
The video says Amritsar has more of a elevated section when compared to lahore.

Also, i think a lot of journalist raised this question of the metro bus costing 3times of ahmedabad or just 1/2 of delhi metro which is insane.
 
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