Pune BRTS Phase II lies in limbo
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has completed less than 2 percent of road widening work, bus stops and dividers necessary to implement phase II of the city’s proposed BRTS. The 101 km project , entails work on 27 Pune roads at a cost of Rs 98 crore. The project had been approved in January 2011 with tenders awarded to three construction companies to undertake the infrastructure creation activity.
The BRTS project involves widening of roads to 36 m. From this stretch, 7 m will be dedicated for bus lanes, with 0.9 inch cement dividers fitted with 0.3 m iron railings. However, for roads which cannot be widened to 36 metres, mixed BRTS will be implemented. A total of 247 bus stops will be constructed for the BRTS.
The union and state governments have together provided Rs 548 crore for the BRTS. Most of the funds have been used up by PMC for road widening
and infrastructure creation