The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on the 7.1 km stretch between Sangamwadi and Vishrantwadi in Pune is finally operational. Here are some brilliant pictures of the completed system from the day of the inauguration, and before.
After a long wait, the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on the 7.1 km stretch between Sangamwadi and Vishrantwadi in Pune was launched on Sunday. The system is called ‘Rainbow’, and it was inaugurated by former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
The high quality, high speed BRT system has been developed with the aim of offering high quality services to commuters in Pune.
The system is equipped with many improved features such as increased bus frequency, better and covered bus shelters, easier driving conditions, shorter waiting and travel time, and more efficient operations.
The Rainbow BRTS is owned and operated by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd and developed with the support of Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporations.
Some features of Rainbow BRTS are as follows:
• With 600 new buses, the frequency at which they run will increase.
• Well designed and properly lit bus stations have ticket counters along with route and fare information.
• The bus station platform is at the same level as the entry of the bus, which helps in easy boarding.
• Traffic wardens and security personnel are present at most stations.
• Dedicated lanes with good quality roads will help in smooth movement of the buses on the corridor.
• The buses have automatic door with sensors.
• All bus stations have television screens to inform passengers about the arrival and departure of buses.
For a month, the service will be free for those passengers who alight or board buses at stations on the BRTS corridor and are going up to PMC Bhavan or Pune railway station.
Before the final green flag, the system was under trial to train bus drivers and other staff members. Senior citizens, school students and army personnel got a chance to ride the buses during the trial phase.
With dedicated lanes, the buses will remain segregated from the rest of the traffic, which also reduces driver fatigue by avoiding conflicts with other vehicles, which is common on chaotic roads.
Pune was the first city in India to implement and operationalize the BRT system in 2006.
The Sangamwadi – Vishrantwadi corridor is one of the six corridors that are being developed in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, in the current phase of the Rainbow BRTS network. This is being done with the view to solve the issues arising due to increased traffic and congestion in the city.
The Rainbow BRTS project is being implemented with the financial support of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) of the Government of India. Some parts of the project in Pimpri Chinchwad are being funded under the ‘Sustainable Urban Transport Project’, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development.