Thursday, 6 September 2012

BRT disowned by Delhi Government

The ill-conceived and now abandoned BRT compounds citizens traffic woes : Vijender Gupta 

BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has said that since the ill conceived Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) came up, something or the other has had the BRT in news, mostly for the wrong reasons. Delhi Government’s flagship and star marked project BRT seems to have been abandoned by the authorities. Despite the fact that Delhi High Court instructed the government to allow mixed traffic which earlier used to be a dedicated lane for buses till a final order is delivered, no agency seems to be taking the onus for managing traffic on the corridors. 

Accusing the current Delhi Government of dereliction of duties Shri Vijender Gupta, State BJP President said, “the BRT chaos is a reflection of the current Government’s corruption and mis handling of the entire Project. DMITS, the agency in charge of BRT has now washed its hands off saying that it not equipped to handle mixed traffic & comply with the High Court order. It seems no one wants to take the onus on the entire BRT fiasco. The Delhi Traffic Police also saysit is not responsible as it has never received any formal communication from any department regarding this. The transport department, which evidently owns the corridor, is equally clueless. As a result traffic movement on BRT has become chaotic; traffic violations rampant resulting in accidents and road mishaps. 

Shri Gupta said that “The authorities are simply playing a blame game regarding the BRT corridor and this is simply inexcusable and unacceptable to the citizens of Delhi. If DIMTS ,the management of the corridor, no longer has a role ,then traffic police must be asked to take over the stretch to ensure that traffic going in opposite direction does not get mixed up in the same carriageway”. 

Shri Gupta further said the hands-off approach smacks of a government that is impotent and irresponsible. It is reprehensible that the Delhi Govt has adopted this attitude simply because it has not been allowed to have its way on BRT– a project consistently criticized by the citizens of Delhi as an ill thought- through Idea. BJP demands speedy action to be taken so that order is restored on BRT which is an important traffic corridor and citizens of Delhi no longer have to navigate through this island of chaos which is potential death-trap.

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