Civic activists are not happy with implementation of BRTS

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 16 February 2019

Qaneez Sukhrani said, “Today’s situation of BRTS Phase 1 Nagar Road-Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi is dismal to say the least. This is after having spent thousands of crores of public money, the PMC has not shown any efforts to improve the existing BRTS."

PUNE: Civic activists have raised an objection on the existing BRTS and alleged that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is wasting public money. At present, work is under progress only on some parts of the BRTS corridor of Nagar Road-Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi.

On this corridor, civic activist Qaneez Sukhrani has raised an objection about the Nagar Road BRTS corridors. She said, “Today’s situation of BRTS Phase 1 Nagar Road-Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi is dismal to say the least. This is after having spent thousands of crores of public money, the PMC has not shown any efforts to improve the existing BRTS. The civic body wants to add 68 km more without correcting the earlier faults. This points to clear cut misappropriation and misuse of public funds."

She pointed out that the situation has arisen because after the PMC used public funds in an inappropriate manner without adhering to infrastructure requirement as per basic concepts of BRTS, it followed up with complete lack of monitoring, supervision and maintenance which is the reason why she resigned on September 1, 2018, from the BRTS Repair and Maintenance Committee. It is a special cell comprising representatives of citizen groups which was formed last year by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited. “All types of vehicles are using the BRTS segregated lanes. The PMC has steadfastly refused to install sensor activated RFID electronic gates. Wardens holding strings and rags is not a preventive measure,”

She demanded that it is time that PMC gets its act together to get a fully functional BRTS cell in working order so that public money is not wasted. 

Vivek Velankar, Founder of Sajag Nagrik Manch, a non-governmental organisation, said, “Automated doors on the bus shelters have not been repaired which could result in fatal accident as commuters lean out to look out for approaching bus as ITMS is not functional. CCTVs are not installed at every traffic junction to allow traffic police to capture violation.”

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