Delhi budget: Focus on new buses but BRT given a miss

July 23, 2014


NEW DELHI: With an allocation of Rs 3,702 crore, the transport sector has got the major part of the outlay in this year’s budget. Yet, the budget doesn’t make any new announcements, sticking to the old ones about renovation of inter-state bus terminals, more DTC buses, a larger cluster bus fleet and construction of the corridor over the Barapullah Nullah.This year’s budget allocation—less than last year’s Rs 3,876 crore—again highlights the change in the government’s priorities. While bus acquisition finds mention, there’s no talk of bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. Fare integration with the Delhi Metro, with the introduction of the automated fare collection system, as well as renovation of the existing facilities at the ISBTs in Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar are among other highlights.

The lieutenant governor has earmarked funds for the acquisition of 400 new cluster buses, to bring the fleet up to 1,600 this financial year. This is besides the 1,380 buses that will be bought for the DTC fleet. The budget also promises that DTC’s 1,300 old standard buses will be replaced this year. There is a requirement of 11,000 buses in Delhi and, as per an agreement between DTC and DIMTS, both are mandated to run 5,500 buses each in the city. While DTC operates around 5,000 buses, DIMTS has only 1,157 cluster buses. The budget also mentions renovation of the zonal transport offices.

Funds have also been set aside for the conversion of single-carriageway flyovers into dual carriageways in the city “due to rapid increase in volume of road traffic”. Construction of some of the selected flyovers will be taken up on priority, the budget adds.

The ongoing phase-II of the elevated Barapullah corridor is also mentioned in the budget. “This elevated corridor will be extended from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur VIhar under phase-III,” it says.


Skywalks, separate lanes promised

June 24, 2013

Rumu Banerjee, TNN |

NEW DELHI: If the chaotic traffic situation around the Anand Vihar bus terminus seems daunting, here is some good news. The transport department, which is planning to renovate the Anand Vihar ISBT later this year, also wants to streamline the vehicular movement as part of the exercise. DIMTS (Delhi integrated multi-modal transit system ), the agency which will undertake the renovation on behalf of the transport department, has drawn up a traffic segregation plan for the area.”The entire 9 hectare space will be renovated and connected with the Anand Vihar railway station and the neighbouring Delhi Metro station. Vehicle entry and exit into the complex will be segregated based on the mode of transport,” said a senior DIMTS official.

Lanes, based on the type of vehicle , will be provided and entry and exit to these lanes will be strictly implemented. For instance, interstate buses will be allowed to go into the complex only through one lane while DTC buses through another. Private vehicles and para-transit like autorickshaws and taxis will have a separate entry and exit point.

The entire complex – which will be connected through skywalks or foot over-bridges for pedestrians who want to access the railway or Metro stations – will have dedicated space for commuters and pedestrians within the ISBT premises. “Proper segregation of vehicles will bring down pollution as no interruptions will be there in the movement of the vehicles,” added the official.

The good news is, the segregated lanes will be forked out from the service lane. For vehicles going straight, the existing road will not be touched, added the DIMTS official.

Vihar  The network of sky walks or foot over-bridges will be constructed within the ISBT to connect to the Anand railway station, the Metro station and the Ghaziabad area, near the Pacific Mall roundabout . These skywalks will be accessible through escalators located on the ground.

“At present, the state of the ISBT and the surrounding traffic is quite bad. The renovation plans will address not just the ISBT premises but also the traffic situation,” said the DIMTS official. The existing premises at the Anand Vihar ISBT have few public conveniences, temporary bus bays and crumbling sewage lines. Sources said that the existing sewage line was not able to take the load and that utility lines would need to be re-laid . The movement of pedestrians is not defined either.

As part of the renovation, a sewage treatment plant will be set up. The STP will generate more than one lakh litre of treated water. This water will be re-circulated in the airconditioning cooling towers and for horticulture purposes.

Also, a commercial tower will come up along with a four storey building to house the ISBT premises . Ground and first floor of the building will be dedicated to the ISBT functions like security, ticketing etc. Underground parking for private vehicles to be constructed. Will accommodate 1,000 cars and 300 two-wheelers .

The work on the renovation is expected to start from December this year. Renovation expected to take 20 months.

Govt wants fresh plan for better traffic at ISBT

June 24, 2013


NEW DELHI: With plans of turning the ISBT Kashmere Gate area into an integrated transit terminal, the Delhi government has asked DIMTS (Delhi integrated multi-modal transit system) to come up with a plan to improve the movement of motorized and non-motorized or pedestrian traffic in the area .

“The integration of ISBT with the Delhi Metro, and later with the regional rapid transit system will lead to traffic at ISBT intersection. We need to streamline this traffic,” said a senior official.

The DIMTS plan is the first phase of the traffic management plan.”A long term proposal for multi-modal integration of the entire complex will be implemented by UTTIPEC later. That will provide seamless travel to commuters for interchanging modes and safe crossing of roads,” said the official. The first phase will look at smoother movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the Lala Hardev Sahai marg after retrofitting of the road. The project has been given approval by UTTIPEC, the umbrella transport body.

The traffic circulation plan was mooted some months ago when the chief secretary had visited ISBT for inspection when it was about to re-open after renovation. At the time, he had ordered a traffic study of the area. The traffic from Ring Road, ISBT flyover, Mahatma Gandhi Road and surrounding areas tends to converge in front of the ISBT.

Officials in the transport department admit that the traffic situation is dire at ISBT despite the crores spent on renovating the bus terminus, with matters set to become worse as the work on the Kashmere Gate Metro station also gets underway. The traffic situation is one reason why the RRTS (regional rapid transit system) project, which had one station in Kashmere Gate ISBT, has been denied approval by the CM, said officials.

“The vehicular traffic is very high here, as it’s an arterial road along with the traffic from the inter-state buses coming in,” said a department official.