BRTS Pilot to Figure in SMP Panel Meeting

BRTS, widening of roads in Chennai will figure up in the meeting of the SMP Committee on Traffic and Transportation convened in January.

Published: 30th December 2014 09:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2014 09:16 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Bus Rapid Transit System and widening of 75 roads in Chennai Metropolitan Area will figure up in the meeting of the Second Master Plan Committee on Traffic and Transportation which is convened after more than two years on January 5, 2015.

Officials said that the Second Master Plan Committee, which was scheduled to have a series of meetings every year, managed to hold only three meetings since 2009.

Interestingly, the Second Master Plan Committee on Traffic and Transportation was reconstituted later to review and monitor the policies and strategies proposed in Second Master Plan.

Sources said the meeting is likely to discuss pilot scheme for Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) along Jawaharlal Nehru Salai between Thirumangalam and National Highway-5 and Sardar Patel Road in consultation with Chennai City Traffic Police, Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Transport experts believe that BRTS will help increase modal share of public transport which is also one of the objectives of Second Master Plan (SMP). It is learnt that one of the objectives of SMP is to achieve the modal split of 70:30 between public and private transport by 2026.

It is also learnt that the meeting would also discuss widening of 75 roads for which street alignments have been prescribed in Second Master Plan.

Meanwhile, the issue pertaining to status of multi-level parking besides MTC plan for park and ride facilities in its bus terminals will also come up.

It is also learnt that Chennai Corporation has initiated action to install parking meters in 94 locations across the city. Chennai Corporation is likely to place before the committee the details of such initiatives.

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