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Some new landmarks now for the Capital
By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

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 movement.

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 detailed analysis.

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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