With the beginning of the dismatling of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) corridor,the Delhi government on Tuesday decided to mark bus lanes, covering around 400 km across the capital. According to government officials those "encroaching" or "obstructing" these lanes will have to pay a fine of Rs.2000. The rule will be effective within a week. According to deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, if someone obstructs operation of buses on dedicated bus lane, they will be challaned but there will be no problem if cars and other vehicles are plying on these lanes. "We have decided to impose a fine of Rs.2,000 on those who park their cars on dedicated bus lanes or encroach upon it or cause obstructions to the plying of buses. We will not have any problem if cars and other vehicles are plying on bus lanes, but if someone obstructs operation of buses on dedicated bus lane, he or she will be challaned," said Sisodia.
The government will impose the fine on violators under the Motor Vehicle Act by issuing an order similar to the one issued during the Commonwealth Games 2010. "If buses get sufficient space,people will reach their destination on time. People who travel by private vehicles may also then think about travelling in buses," said Sisodia. PWD Minister, Satyendar Jain, said that the new rule will come into effect within a week and the government will take strict action against those who park their vehicles on bus lanes. "As per new rule, you can drive your car or bike on bus lane, but you cannot stop on dedicated bus lane. Parking or obstruction on bus lanes will not be allowed. The new rule will be enforced within one week. If towing vans pick up any vehicle from bus lane, violators will have to pay Rs.500-700 for this separately," said Jain.