Recently, we all saw the launch of much hyped Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Delhi to make the city look better for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in 2010. But as soon as the project got launched, the authorities and the Government fell on the wrong side of the lane. Although I live in outskirts of Delhi , I was a bit curious to experience this project.
Well, it was Sunday around 4:00 PM in the evening I was with my best friend that is none other than my car. It took me hardly 40 Minutes to reach Khanpur which is the starting point of the project. Before actually hitting the project there were sign boards all around that you are about to be in the BRT system and take care of your lane. As soon as I hit the lane I felt like I was on a world class road with sign boards and signal lights.
At first it was a joy ride but soon it was turning sour with pedestrians crossing the roads and then jumping off the railings to prevent entrance. That’s all because of human’s tendency to do things quicker than to waste time looking for the path to cross the road.
Later when I reached place where there was a big intersection. I don’t know the place exactly but I can see an authority office to my left. This is the point from where the real traffic jam starts. From here it took me nearly 15 Minutes to reach another intersection which is known as Chirag Delhi. In total it took me nearly 25 Minutes to cross the two intersections.
Till Krishi Nagar and Sadiq Nagar it was smooth but as soon as I reached Moolchand, it was like a delta of a river. Traffic from Nehru Place , of Kalkaji and of Khanpur was tucked into one.
The project is still under construction after the Moolchand flyover and it was accompanied by the highly-organized Delhi Metro construction work.
It took me approximately 35 minutes to travel the constructed stretch of BRT system. What I would like to conclude is that the BRT system is not a full-pledged system to sort out the traffic problems. Lack of civic sense of motorists and pedestrians also contributed a lot to create havoc on the road.
Some drawbacks of this are as follows:
- The amount of Jaywalkers increased in a large number.
- The motorists were not following the lane rules properly.
- Cyclists were given separate lanes but were never used by them due to pedestrians occupying the area.
- Auto-Rickshaw walas were using inner lanes and the major intersections helping in jamming the roads.
To be honest, I was a true believer of the notion “Rules are meant to be broken”. After witnessing the whole system, I also started following the rules to my best knowledge. After all they are meant for us and our safety. Although there are some technical flaws but there are few which can be avoided by following the traffic rules which helps in diluting the whole situation. BRT stretch is being strictly monitored by Traffic Police Officers who are penning challans even if you broke the rules an hour ago.
As the boards in the bus stops say “Today’s inconvenience is tomorrow’s convenience”. We hope to see a much brighter and functional BRT system which will work smooth as well as reduce the burden on the roads for private vehicles.
To all those who read this article, I would like to request them to follow the traffic rules. Breaking the rules might save some time for you but may cause hours of pain for others.
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