Rajkot BRTS gets off to a good start
Rajkot’s newly inaugurated Bus Rapid Transit System ( BRTS) in Rajkot seems to have got off to a good start. The pilot covers an area of 10.7 km from Gondal Road chowkdi to Jamnagar Road Chowkdi and is spread over the 150 feet Ring Road in the city. The Rajkot Municipal Corporation commenced operations of semi- low floor air- conditioned buses along the corridor in October. The services are free of cost for passengers for the first three months, adding to the popularity of the new service. About 2,800 commuters availed of the BRTS services on a daily basis with just two AC buses being pressed into service. A further three buses were inducted into the fleet as part of the 10- 11 buses that are to ply on the road in the first phase. Once all the buses are running under phase I, the frequency of the service is expected to improve to about five minutes.
The Rajkot Municipal Corporation has awarded the contract for the maintenance and operation of buses to a Rajasthan- based operator. The entire BRTS project will be implemented in three corridors: blue, green and red covering more than 100 kms of the city. Passengers do not have to pay for using the pilot service. But, come January, tickets would be priced at Rs 5- 19.