Pimpri: The Nigdi-Dapodi BRTS route on old Mumbai-Pune Highway has to be completed by September-end. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has set this deadline for PCMC officials to complete this already delayed project.
Work on this BRTS route has been going on for nine years and is now expected to be operational in the first week of October.
Although this project is the first in the city, it was put on hold due to safety issues. The civic body has spent Rs 14.70 crore on this project so far.
After closing down dedicated lanes for private vehicles in absence of BRTS operations for more than three years, PCMC recently decided to open these lanes for two-wheelers.
It was being speculated that PCMC might drop the plan of making this BRTS operational.
However, Hardikar ordered completion of this work and installation of barricades has begun on remaining parts of BRTS route.
Spokesperson of BRTS department of PCMC Vijay Bhojane said, “Remaining work of the BRTS route that includes finishing work of bus station, electrification and signages is underway. The PCMC commissioner conducted a spot visit of BRTS terminal at Nigdi, completed bus station at Bajaj Auto in Akurdi on August 17. During this visit, the direction was issued to complete remaining work by the end of September.”