CHALLENGING FEASIBILITY AND ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF BRTS IN CONTEXT OF MEDIUM SCALE INDIAN METRO CITIES
Author(s):
Dr.Nipa A Desai, Dr. G J Joshi
Keywords:
Bus rapid transit system, Feasibility, Economic viability, Mode shift, Indian metro cities.
Abstract
India is experiencing rapid urbanization and personalized two- wheelers account for the largest proportion of all registered vehicles in India. With limited funding, most of the public transport facilities are used far beyond their design capacity leading to deteriorated levels of service for all users. This has resulted in alarming levels of traffic congestion, air pollution, noise pollution, road accidents and decreased physical activity. Considering development of the Indian urban sector as the backdrop, GoI in April 2006 announced a National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP). The policy focuses on the need to “move people – not vehicles” and ensure safe, affordable, quick, comfortable, reliable and sustainable access for the growing number of city residents. To sustain with the increasing need for urban mass transit mobility various cities in India are now following the best practices in the world. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) which aims to encourage reforms and fast track planned development in 63 cities does consider projects in the field of urban, public transport. BRTS proposals are in various stages of appraisal and implementation in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Pune and Vadodara. But the question is whether BRTS is a feasible solution for all Indian metro cities and the investment in BRTS corridor is really justifiable or not. This paper is challenging feasibility and economic viability of BRTS in context of medium scale Indian Metro cities.
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Unique Paper ID: 152875

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 4

Page(s): 815 - 820
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