States - New Delhi
landmarks now for the Capital
By Gaurav Vivek
NEW DELHI, JAN. 18. New user-friendly bus stops
compatible with any advanced transport system are coming up on
Delhi's most vital artery: Ring Road. Built by Delhi Transport
Corporation in association with the Indian Institute of Technology,
these modular shelters -- three of which have already come up at
Wazirpur -- take into account all possible aspects of traffic
A unique feature of these shelters is that they do
not ignore the presence or movement of hawkers, cyclerickshaws or
slow-moving vehicles. Rather, they address each issue independently.
As Dinesh Mohan of IIT says: ``These shelters have been designed
keeping in mind every possible detail. Even the angle at which the
seats are placed has been finalised by IIT.''
While the shelters per se display information on
bus routes, a map of the area, and a kiosk for the convenience of
the passengers, behind them runs a bicycle track laid out after a
The three ``model'' shelters that have come up at
Wazirpur provide space for hawkers besides a parking area for
cyclerickshaws. ``The spaces earmarked are such that even hawkers
and rickshaw-pullers would find them convenient to use.''
Prof. Mohan insists that with the cycle-lanes
running parallel behind the bus stops, the concept of new shelters
is also compatible with the high-capacity bus systems being promoted
by DTC in Delhi.
The DTC Chairman, Rakesh Mehta, says the bus
shelters have been set up in a row keeping in mind the loading
capacity of the bus depots. By distributing the buses passing by,
DTC has sought to stop overcrowding at each shelter and divide
traffic to prevent congestion.
Mr. Mehta says these shelters -- like all others in
the city -- are being provided a unique identity number which would
make their monitoring possible through a digitised bus queue shelter
system. And with DTC deciding to split Delhi into 21 advertising
zones, all shelters would now be professionally managed.
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