Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, April 12:
Odisha Government will start a high-speed bus service called Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in 2018 at a cost of Rs 460 crores for hassle free and fast conveyance within Bhubaneswar.
These air-conditioned buses will ply the city at a speed of 80-100 kilometers per hour and use their dedicated lane to ferry passengers. This system will eliminate the chances of traffic jams and unnecessary delays.
Ahmedabad’s Center for Environment Planning and Technology has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the state government on these lines.
Initially, two routes have been finalized for the operations. The first being Airport to Nandankanan and the second Kalpana till Mancheswar.
The first route will stretch over 30.32 kilometers for which an estimated Rs 460 crores will be spent. The cost for this will be borne both by the state and central governments.
The bus will start from Airport and move via Sishu Bhawan, Vani Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Sainik School, NALCO square, KiiT square to end up at Nandankanan.
The roads will be widened and a special bus corridor will be created by demolishing the road dividers to facilitate these buses. The road will be protected with iron railing to ensure no other vehicle uses this dedicated road. Special arrangements will be made to ensure passengers get on and off from the buses without any hassles.
“There is no problem in building this dedicated road in first route. The roads are already wide enough. We can push the footpaths further if required,” said a senior official of Transport department.
Work on the second route will begin after the first route is thrown open for traffic. It will start from Kalpana square and go via Raj Mahal, Kalinga Nagar, Khandagiri, Apollo Hospital, Rasulgarh to culminate at Mancheswar. It would be a 36-kilometre long road.
It may be noted that, BRTS system is already in place in cities such as Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore and New Delhi.