Chennai: Travelling in city buses could soon be a pleasure, with the government mulling on a proposal to implement dedicated bus lanes known as Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on a stretch of 54 km in the city under the first phase. The dedicated lanes, which will ensure hassle-free movement of buses without any disruption by other vehicles, is being proposed on the stretches of Siruseri-Saidapet (24.8 km), Tambaram-Saidapet (18.5 km) and Chromepet-Thoraipakkam (10.6 km).
A total stretch of 54 km is likely to be covered under the first phase of the BRTS, according to a feasibility report submitted to the government by Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. The report has suggested a total of 88-km dedicated bus lanes in two phases based on the Bogota and Ahmedabad model. It is believed that the bus lanes are essential since they reduce conflict with slow-moving, turning and parked vehicles, besides reducing drivers’ fatigue.
The study estimates that the 24.8 km stretch between Siruseri-Saidapet will cost Rs 372 crore to be converted into BRTS. Similarly, the development of Tambaram-Saidapet stretch will cost Rs 278 crore and Chromepet-Thoraipakam could cost Rs 127 crore. The report also suggested removing ticketing activity from the bus and instead having fare collection at the bus stations.
The government proposes dedicated bus lanes known as Bus Rapid Transit System on a stretch of 54 km in the city.