Ra­jkot BRTS gets off to a good start

Commercial Vehicle - - CV MONITOR / NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.