Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Road to make travel easy in City

Road to make travel easy in City
DH News Service, Bangalore:
In an effort to facilitate seamless travel in space-logged Bangalore, the State has proposed a three-phased integrated road network project.

The first phase (2007-2012) of an integrated network of Mass Rapid Transport Systems is being planned, at an investment of Rs 13,195 crore (see box). The subsequent phases will be taken up during 2013-2018 and 2019-24.

The network, as visualised in a Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Survey taken up by RITES, will incorporate Bangalore Metro, Mono Rail/Light Rail Transport, Commuter Rail as well as Bus Rapid Transport systems.

The Bangalore Metro — with a Rs-7,126 crore investment — will be a key component in the first phase of the MRTS network.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director V Madhu on Monday said that the survey also chalked out three potential scenarios for vehicular movement in the City by the year 2025.

“As per the figures in 2006, only 46.8 per cent of the transport demand in Bangalore is met by the public transport systems (see box). In an ideal situation, the figure should be above 70 per cent,” he said and added that the Metro could lead to people shunning private vehicles and going in for MRTS. A total of 654.5 kilometres will be covered at the end of the third phase of the plan.


MRTS Type Cost*
Metro 7,126
Mono/LRT 3,825
Commuter Rail 690
Bus Rapid Transport 1,554
Total 13,195


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