The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) in the national capital is getting dismantled, as was promised by the Aam Aadmi Party in the run-up to the Assembly election. And Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is mincing no words while slamming the previous Sheila Dikshit government that had initiated the BRT.
On Tuesday, Sisodia said: “Some politicians went on a foreign trip. There they saw the BRT corridors, liked it and copy-pasted it here. But one needs brain to copy-paste. You see those things in Germany, Switzerland and Japan, but one must understand whether such projects are feasible in Delhi.”
The BRT corridor runs from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar in South Delhi. A pet project of former chief minister Dikshit, the corridor was built in 2008 at a cost of around Rs.180 crore. The dismantling will cost the exchequer about Rs.11 core.
The dismantling work will be carried out in the nights to facilitate smooth traffic flow during the day.
“This must be first time in the history of the country that people are happy that roads are getting dismantled. It&’s a big relief for the citizens. It was our election promise,” Sisodia said.
PWD Minister Satyendra Jain said: “During the just-concluded odd-even scheme, our government marked the bus lanes. Soon, several bus lanes will be operational. Anyone violating the bus lane rule by parking vehicles will be fined Rs.2000. One can ply the cars on the bus lanes, but cannot cause obstruction. We must ensure that people do not suffer due to traffic snarls.”