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Apr 26, 2008 at 09:48pm IST

BRT not scrapped, other corridors on hold

New Delhi: The controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor will not be scrapped.

“The corridor will stay,” says Chief Minister Delhi, Sheila Dikshit.

Despite public outcry against the much-hyped Bus Rapid Transit corridor, the 5.6 km stretch from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar will stay. However, work on the remaining five corridors has been put on hold for now. The government is out with a list of solutions to set things right.

First a parallel road will be made to divert the huge volume of traffic coming from Saket and Press Enclave directly to the Outer Ring Road.

The other proposed solutions are, two-foot over bridges to help pedestrians, clearing stray animals and hawkers and adjusting the configuration of the traffic signals.

The government also insists that traffic has been easing up on the corridor with each passing day and that it should be given some time to ease out.

Shiels Dikshit insists that it is a new idea.

And as a step to ensure smooth operation, the transport commissioner will be personally supervising the functioning of the corridor on a daily basis with the backing of key government departments.

Meanwhile, the decision has made it clear that the Delhi government is hell bent on making their pet project work and in an election year they are certainly in no mood to admit that they could have gone wrong.