Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/ Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Aug 20
The Odisha government has roped in Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the engineering design for a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Bhubaneswar.
Housing and Urban Development (H &UD) Special secretary SK Ratho today said the DPR is expected to be submitted by the company within eight months.
In order to streamline management of vehicular traffic in the capital city, which is increasing at the rate of an average of 13.2 per cent a year, the government has identified six routes in Bhubaneswar for the implementation of BRTS. The H & UD department, which will be the nodal agency for the project, has already identified two routes – Sishu Bhawan-Vani Vihar and Jaidev Vihar-Nandan Kanan – for the implementation of the first phase of the project.
“We have identified the routes for implementation of BRTS to streamline the growing traffic in the city. The BRTS will be developed in two years,” said vice-chairman of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) Vishal Dev at a programme on clean air and sustainable mobility here today.
After designing similar systems for Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Hubli-Dharwad (Karnataka), this will be CEPT’s third BRTS project outside Gujarat. Centre of Excellence in Urban Transport (CEPT-CoE) will design the BRTS for Bhubaneswar, which has a population of around 10 lakh.
According to sources, the first DPR for the Bhubaneshwar BRTS will be prepared by the middle of next month. It will work on the kind of buses, routes and the complete network needed for operation of the BRTS system in the capital city.
In 2008, RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company specializing in the field of transport infrastructure that had been roped in by the state government, had also identified six routes.
Besides, the government has decided to develop Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in the Twin City to minimize vehicular traffic movement.
However, the project may face hurdles as the Union Urban Development Ministry has mooted a proposal wherein a DPR for an MRTS will be accepted only when it includes information on how the city proposes to account for feeder buses and what steps will be taken to ensure that cycle and pedestrian tracks will be provided in the influence zone of the MRTS stations (a minimum radius of a couple of kilometres).