Pimpri: Though work on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) from Nigdi to Dapodi on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway is yet to take off, work for Pune Metro project is going on in full swing on the same route.
The PCMC has given permission to MahaMetro to dig vital stretches along the BRTS route - Kharalwadi to Morwadi - for the construction of metro pillars. Bad planning and delayed work have led to a large amount of money, spent on BRTS, going waste.
Recently, the PCMC undertook the work of installing traffic signals at crossroads on this corridor. The PCMC knew that Metro work will soon start on this site, despite this, the work was carried out, showing lack of coordination between the two agencies. One metro station will be located at Kharalwadi.
When asked about the issue, Leader of House in PCMC Eknath Pawar said, “Although, the stretch of BRTS corridor has been handed over to MahaMetro for construction of pillars, we are committed to operate BRTS on this route. For the stretch of about 500 metres, it will be diverted on the service road. But it will be opened at other stretches.”
However, spokesperson of BRTS department in PCMC Vijay Bhojane was not available for comment.
The Nigdi-Dapodi route
This was the first BRTS route in PCMC. The work of BRTS on Sangvi-Kivale and Nashik Phata-Wakad was undertaken after work started on this particular route. While work on other two routes finished and they are now operational, Nigdi-Dapodi route failed to take off. Many deadlines were fixed for it from time to time. Since it was lying idle for so long, the condition of the infrastructure has worsened.
BRTS expenditure going waste
† The infrastructure that has been built from Dapodi to Nigdi by spending crores is lying idle for six years.
† BRT buses did not operate on this route even though it had been barricaded long ago.
† Bus stations that were constructed earlier were damaged and subsequently repaired. About Rs 4 crore for repair of the stations and barricades have been spent very recently.
† The stretch is also notorious for traffic jams.