Pune BRTS Phase II lies in limbo

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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

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