Bhopal: BRTS off limits for edu institutes buses, Chartered buses allowed with riders

Bhopal City Link Limited (BCLL) has assured that speed of Chartered buses will be restricted if they use BRTS corridor. Secondly, Chartered buses will have to give written undertaking for safety measures of passengers.  BCLL had denied the permission to School-college buses to use dedicated lane of Bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor but it permitted Chartered buses to use the same on ground that they are non-stop buses so there are less chances of road accidents.

City buses operators association has welcomed the decision as Chartered buses will leave the space for them and it will ease out the traffic problems in general lane. City buses operators association Dinesh Singh Baghel said, “It is good decision. It was our long pending demand in that when Chartered buses are linked to BCLL then why are they being denied use of BRTS corridor. So far, they were consuming space in general lane. Now new government has seriously considered our point and allowed the private players to use the BRTS Corridor. It is good for common man.”

“Chartered buses are non-stopped and they have been strictly instructed not to overtake any one. So there is no chance of road accidents. In case of school buses, they are not non-stop so there was chance of road accidents so school buses were denied permission, Ganesh Singh Baghel added. However, BCLL has placed prime priority on safety of passengers as the basis for permitting any private players to use Bus rapid transit (BRTS) corridor.

  • Smart City CEO Sanjay Kumar said, “We have decided to allow private players to use BRTS Corridor and it will be free of cost. We will not charge any paisa from them. The only point is that private players will have to follow our terms and condition- safety and security of passengers restricting the speeds.”
  • Fixing 50 km/hrs speed in BRTS corridor, Gujarat High Court had ordered the state government to place security guards on the crossroads on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors in the city in 2015.

Some incidents
1. Ex-Indore DIG Harinarayan Chari’s car rammed into the railing of BRTS corridor just fortnight ago in Bhopal just to avoid road accident.
2. Two bikers—Dinesh Dulani(17) and Vaibhav Kalra, died in a head on collision with BCLL bus in BRTS Corridor on February 23,2019 in Bairagarh.
3. A 45-year-old Murli Talreja lost his life after being hit by a speeding vehicle in BRTS Corridor on April 9, 2018.
4. A car jumped off in air after hitting railing in BRTS Corridor in Koh-e-Fiza on April 9, 2018, in Halalpur leaving three injured.

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