For the residents of eastern Pune, the new year would mark a new beginning as it will witness the opening of a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route in their area.
According to Pune’s additional municipal commissioner Anup Kumar Yadav, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is confident of completing the civil work associated with the construction of the BRT track on Pune-Alandi Road by the end of this month.
Stretching from Alandi Road to Kharadi, this BRT track would be used for bus routes along Pune-Alandi Road and Pune-Ahmednagar Road. Residents of Yerawada, Vishrantwadi, Shastrinagar and other areas would use this route.
Yadav stated that this route would have 22 bus stations, of which 12 have been completed till date.
“We are confident that the rest of the bus stations would be completed within few weeks time,” he said.
Like the pilot BRTS project on Pune-Satara Road and Pune-Solapur Road, this BRT track would also be in the middle of the road. The track would be fitted with intelligent traffic management system. Besides, special care would be taken to see that only BRTS buses are allowed to enter the dedicated bus corridor. Yadav said that PMC had procured 500 special buses for BRTS routes.
“As the routes were not ready, the buses were being used by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). Once the BRTS routes are ready, those buses would be running on the dedicated routes,” he said. The PMPML will oversee the functioning of the BRTS