RITES REPORT, Baprola Link: Monorail Unviable, BRT on Table

Posted by rajat On February - 2 - 2012

Stating that a monorail link is financially not an unviable option, RITES, a transport and infrastructure consultancy has suggested the state government for a high speed Bus Road Transit (BRT) elevated corridor should be constructed instead. The report states that the BRT will provide an easier access to commuters choosing to travel to far-flung areas like Baprola which is ahead of the Dwarka Mor Metro station. If the Delhi government accepts this proposal, Delhi will be the first city in the country with an elevated BRT.

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) had commissioned Rail India Transit & Economic Services (RITES) consultancy to carry out a techno-economic feasibility study and prepare a detailed project report on a mass transit channel that could link the capital with a Knowledge Based Industrial (KBI) hub which is to be set-up at Baprola in west Delhi. The RITES report will now be put before the state government for approval. If the government clears the project, DSIIDC is targetting a completion deadline of 2015.

The final report which was submitted to DSIIDC, RITES states that introducing a sophisticated transit system for short length routes is very costly and hence monorail may not be ideal for the 4.5 kilometre long alignment between the Dwarka Modh metro station to the site of the KBI hub. Instead the report states “The bus/road based systems are ideally suited for the last mile connectivity as it is the least costly solution” In its report to DSIIDC, RITES states that having an at grade (on ground) BRT system between Dwarka Metro station and the KBI hub will not be suitable as people living on either sides of the corridor will try to cross the roads which will affect the level of service and bring down travel speed and the image of the system for users.

The report states “In view of these reasons it is recommended to provide a grade separated (elevated) closed bus rapid transit system for the corridor.” RITES suggested developing the BRT corridor in two phases, the first one covering the distance of 4.5km between Dwarka Metro station to the KBI Park at an estimated cost of Rs 335.62 crore. The next phase, would extend the corridor to Mundka connecting the metro station from the northwest of Delhi to the KBI hub and the estimated cost will be around Rs 403 crore. Both phases taken together would add nearly 12 km of elevated BRT to the city’s road transport network.

It will be spread over 63.97 acres, the KBI complex will make room for industries of the future and provide direct employment to over 1 lakh people and indirect employment to 1,70,000 people. A proposal for group housing over 4.9 acres was also submitted to make some room for providing space for housing within Delhi. The state government and DSIIDC has already cleared for the Baprola complex, developed on a “green building concept,” is likely to come up at a cost of over Rs 1,500 crore. It is proposed to be developed on a self financing mode.

News Source : Times of India

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