Pimpri: The Bombay High Court has given permission to start the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) service on the Dapodi-Nigdi route. Accordingly, the BRTS service will be introduced on the stretch of the Pune-Mumbai Highway within a week, BRTS spokesperson Vijay Bhojane said on Saturday.
“The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has constructed the BRTS on the Dapodi-Nigdi route. The launch of the BRTS service on this route was, however, stayed after a public interest litigation was filed by lawyer Himmatrao Jadhav in 2013. The petitioner had said that the BRTS service should not be introduced without taking proper safety measures. The High Court which has completed hearing, in the case, has now permitted the launch of the service,” Bhojane said.
Buses plying on the Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune station, Hadapsar, Katraj, Wagholi, Kothrud, Kothrud depot, Warje Malwadi, Katraj Bypass, Indira Nagar and other routes will be covered under the new BRTS services.
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mandal Limited (PMPML) will appoint security guards and wardens on the route and the payment for them will be paid by the PCMC every month.
Bhojane said, “95 per cent work of the BRTS service on the Dapodi-Nigdi route has been completed and the remaining work of bus stops, repairs of the barricades and security arrangement will be completed during the next week.”
There will be subways at Akurdi, Kalbhor Nagar, Vallabh Nagar, Kasarwadi, Kundan Nagar and Fugewadi. An audit report and safety report by the IIT, Powai, will be submitted within two months, Bhojane added.
The buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will not be permitted on the new BRTS route. However, fire tenders and ambulances will be permitted on the route.