Govt looks to extend BRT till Delhi Gate

Transport dept moots parallel slip road to reduce congestion.

With eight new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors getting in-principle approval from the Delhi government recently, the Transport department is looking at extending the existing BRT corridor (from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand) till Delhi Gate, as it was envisaged in the original plan.

The government had proposed starting trial runs on the stretch from Moolchand to Delhi Gate in 2008, but it never took off.

"With new BRT projects getting the green signal, we are now looking at reviving plans of extending the present corridor till Delhi Gate. We will make the suggestion to the government for clearance,'' a Transport official said.

The plan to extend BRT till Delhi Gate was put on hold after the government faced flak for the congestion on the corridor. Only 5.8 km of the 9-km corridor is functional presently.

The Transport department is also going to write to agencies concerned to revive plans of constructing a slip road that will run parallel to the corridor — from Press Enclave Road to Outer Ring Road.

The link road is an old proposal of Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), which was approved by the L-G in 2008. The road was to provide an alternative route for vehicles going to Gurgaon.

"We are going to write to the PWD about taking up the construction of the slip road. Other agencies will also be asked to come up with alternatives to decongest the Chirag Dilli intersection. This is being done in compliance with the Delhi High Court orders,'' the official said.

The government had recently given in-principle approval for feasibility studies on the seven BRT corridors, which are to be constructed by the PWD.

The government also approved work on the BRT corridor from Karawal Nagar to Gandhi Nagar and Yamuna Vihar to Mori Gate. These will be constructed by DIMTS.

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