A Study in Contrast: Delhi Metro & BRT

A Study in Contrast: Delhi Metro & BRT

Planning & Execution of Metro and the BRT projects, both in Delhi, are apt subjects for a case study.

One is a clear case of success and another a clear case of abject failure.

Every other person in Delhi administration and the Central Government is rushing forward to inaugurate sections of Delhi Metro.

BRT the ill conceived and badly executed project is an orphan, at least in public.

However the insistence of the Delhi administration and the Chief Minister of Delhi to ram the BRT project through, in spite of obvious flaws, over the last twelve months is indeed strange.

Still stranger is the insistence till yesterday that additional 4 BRT projects will be taken up.

What can be the reason for the insistence for pushing through an obviously defective project which has caused five deaths already and turned an entire stretch of six km into utter chaos ?

Does the BRT project have the ‘blessings’ of some one who is obviously high and mighty ?

Delhi Metro

15 Nov 08

Metro runs ahead of deadline

6.36 Km Jehangirpuri Extension May Open By Dec Or Jan


New Delhi: There’s good news for residents of north Delhi. With the Delhi Metro extension from Vishwavidyalay to Jehangirpuri nearing completion, the corporation started trial runs on the new line on Friday. The 6.36 km long extension will be opened for public in December this year or early January 2009, a good 10 months before the scheduled date.
The trial runs began from the GTB Nagar metro station at 10 am, following a brief puja and went on successfully till 5 pm. ‘‘During the first day trial runs, the interaction of the Metro train with physical infringement or civil structures was checked to ensure that there was no physical blockage during the movement of the train on tracks between Vishwavidyalay and Jahangirpuri,’’ said a Delhi
Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spokesperson. The signalling system, based on Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and radio communication apparatus will also be tested while the trial runs are underway.
On Monday, the train was made to move slowly — at a speed of 25 kmph. But this will gradually be increased to 50 kmph and ultimately touch the maximum speed of 80 kmph as the trials progress. The aim is to see how the train responds at different speeds, including the braking and connection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC).
As the systems are put under test, it will also be checked for safety parametres to ensure that it is secure for passenger use.
The trial runs will carry on for a period of five weeks — one train set will be used for the first three weeks, two sets will be use in the fourth week and more will be added after that. The checks will continue round the clock. Other systems fited at stations — like fare collection, escalators and lifts, telecom and auxiliary systems will also be tested alongside.
The new section, which was earlier scheduled for a October 2009 opening, has five stations — GTB Nagar, Model Town, Azadpur, Adarsh Nagar and Jehangirpuri — out of which one is underground (GTB Nagar). This section will be integrated with the existing 11 km Line 2 from Central Secretariat to Vishwavidyalaya. This will require special focus on integration and extension of the existing signalling system to the new section.

Phase I : 65 Km already completed

Phase II : 118 Km under construction , to be completed by 2010

Phase-II trial today, 7 months early

New Delhi: There’s good news for Delhiites waiting for Delhi Metro’s under-construction lines to get operational. If everything goes all right, the first section of Phase II of Metro operations will be opened for public about seven months ahead of schedule.

The 3.1 km long section — from Shahdara to Dilshad Garden — will be operational for public by May 2008, as against the deadline of December 2008. ‘‘Trial runs on the Shahdara-Dilshad Garden metro line will begin on April 27, and a Metro train is entering the section for the purpose. Work on the section has been completed a good eight months before the target date and the line should be operational for public by May this year,’’ said Anuj Dayal, chief public relations officer of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The new section has three Metro stations, at Mansarovar Park, Jhilmil and Dilshad Garden, and has been under construction since August 2006. With the construction, track laying and signalling work complete, the trial runs will check the readiness of civil works, electrical connections, signalling and telecom and the operational interface of the system. The trials are expected to continue for 3 to 4 weeks.

The finishing work at the stations, meanwhile, is going on and will be completed by the time section is opened for the public.

Built at a cost of Rs 89.30 crore, the new section is fully elevated. As all the three Metro stations of the line are located on the side of the road, foot overbridges have been provided. Furthermore, 12 escalators and a total of 16 automatic fare collection gates have been put up to make the ride hassle-free. All stations on the line have provision for rain water harvesting.

Meanwhile, commissioner for Metro rail safety, Bhupinder Singh is expected to inspect this section on April 29 to check its operational and safety readiness.

The Delhi Metro network is going to expand by another 125 kms in Phase II, as part of which all the under construction lines will be completed by end of 2010. Construction of 12 Metro corridors is presently underway in Delhi and another three extensions are coming up in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

At present, the city’s Metro spans across 65 kms. The three operational lines of Phase I — from Shahdara to Rithala, Central Secretariat to Vishvyavidyala and Dwarka to Indraprastha — were completed two years and nine months ahead of schedule by DMRC.

BRT Delhi

Extracts from HT

National BRT jammed?

Why were no lessons learnt from Pune? It is the same sit- uation here in Pune like what is be- ing experienced in Delhi. Interminable jams, chaotic traffic, total confusion, mixed traffic in BRT Ianes and general mayhem .

Pune Corridor’s architects failed in Pune last year. So why were they allowed to experiment in Delhi?

Sidhartha Roy and Yogesh Joshi

New Delhi/Pune

THE BRAINS behind the much-criticised Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor went all the way to faraway Bogota and Curitiba to draw inspiration from their BRT systems. If they had only looked closer home at Pune, Delhiites might have been spared the punishment they are facing on the 5.8km Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand every day Pune got the country’s first BRT system, which was implemented one-and-a-half years ago.

What was presented as a panacea for Pune’s continuously worsening traffic condition has only worsened the traffic situation there. The much-publicised new traffic mode created major controversy in the first few months of its implementation when the city saw five casualties on the BRT stretch. Lack of awareness about the new system and inadequate traffic sense were the main culprits.

The Pune BRT is the brainchild of the same people who have designed the Delhi BRT,  IIT-Delhi’s Transport Research and Injury Prevention Programme. The opening of the first segment of the Pune BRT corridor resulted in enormous chaos, which continues till date. “It is the same situation in Pune like in Delhi. Interminable jams, chaotic traffic, total confusion, mixed traffic in BRT lanes and general mayhem,” said Rahul Pawar, an associate of NGO People’s Action in Pune who is a member of a local citizen’s group ‘Better Roads for Pune’.

Despite having the benefit of a failed project’s experience with them, the BRT authorities have refused to learn from mistakes.

“Each city has its own unique conditions and problems but those building the Delhi BRT should have learnt from the mistakes in Pune,” said Sujit Patwardhan, a Pune-based traffic expert and member of the Pune Transport and Traffic Forum. “The BRT is a good concept but its implementation in Pune saw delays and designs faults, which resulted in the terrible chaos in the beginning that still persists to some extent,” he said.

He said the problems faced in Pune and now in Delhi resemble each other closely Sadly the BRT authorities and the brains behind the project refused to learn from mistakes.

sidhartha.roy@hindustantimes.com yogesh.joshi@hindustantimes.com

Rs 4 Cr More To Go On Bid To Salvage Project

Abantika Ghosh | TNN

New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to give the chaotic BRT corridor more time even as the situation at ‘ground zero’ showed little improvement with the current stretch under development still taking 40-45 minutes to traverse. But the city government has put on hold other BRT corridors it has been planning.

The meeting saw a concerned chief minister Sheila Dikshit taking several agencies to task. She pointedly told one of the BRT’s ‘conceptual’ authors, IIT Delhi don Geetam Tiwari, that she wanted solutions to the problems that had surfaced and these must convince the public. A similar message was delivered to other stake holders.

The government has been forced onto the defensive by the outpouring of public opposition to the corridor and its concerns were reflected at the meeting. The CM has made it evident that the concept is hardly sacrosanct and will be adapted to real-time needs. There will be no further work on the BRT corridor between Moolchand and Delhi Gate till problems on the 5.8 km stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand are resolved. Two parallel roads will be constructed at Saket near Press Enclave and two foot overbridges will also come up.

Though no official estimate of costs was forthcoming, sources say that the plans would entail an expenditure of at least Rs 4 crore more on the Rs 60 crore stretch.

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