‘Need a dedicated system to monitor BRTS, PMC should not depend on us’
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At an Idea Exchange, DCP Traffic VISHWAS PANDHARE speaks on the failure of the Bus Rapid Transit System, why Pune's traffic is getting slower by the day and why this continues to be an unsolved puzzle
AJAY KHAPE: What is the reason behind accidents on BRTS route?
At present, the BRTS route is a mixed traffic route and not a dedicated one. We were insisting on creation of a dedicated route for BRTS. We also do not have a system in place to prevent private vehicles from entering the dedicated track. The Pune Municipal Corporation is creating a separate BRTS cell. So, we will now request them to deploy dedicated staff to stop these vehicles. There is also absence of monitoring. Our officers and staffers are busy in other duties and there is no 24 X 7 monitoring. We have requested the PMC to appoint officers from the security board to ensure that the traffic wardens are there and doing their duty. If they are found not doing their duty, action should be taken against them.
MANOJ MORE: But PMPML has already created a BRTS cell.
They are going to create a dedicated cell for Alandi and Nagar Road.
AJAY KHAPE: What role can the traffic police play in proper implementation of the BRTS?
We can help them with the traffic cops and wardens. But I repeat that there should be a separate system and the PMC should not depend on us. The PMC has created BRTS tracks, PMPML is using these and they are asking us to monitor it. So, for proper functioning, there should be a separate cell with responsibilities shared by all of us.
CHANDAN HAYGUNDE: These are just remedies. But as DCP Traffic don't you think there are some major flaws in the existing BRTS?