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Electric trolley buses may be inducted in Delhi

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
[ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2002 10:12:53 PM ]
NEW DELHI: Modern technology has been a significant highlight of the new transport policy, tabled by the state government on Tuesday. High-capacity bus systems, electric trolley buses, modernised trams are key projects.

‘‘We are trying to bring in modern-day bus systems on city roads in the next five years. They will revolutionise the city’s transport scenario in the years to come,’’ Delhi state transport minister Ajay Maken said.

A look at the projects in the pipeline:
High-capacity bus systems: The bus system has been planned for the city’s five main roads. These five priority corridors have been selected out of 14 identified corridors. The system will be introduced in phases.

The estimated cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 250 crore. About six to nine months have been earmarked for planning, while the final implementation will be done in a year’s time.

The total length of the five corridors will be 100 kms. They will have bus lanes. ‘‘There will be physical dividers where the roads are wide enough,’’ said IIT-Delhi transport expert Dinesh Mohan, who assisted the state government in finalising the policy.

The roads where the system will be implemented are Anand Vihar to Shivaji stadium, Ambedkar Nagar to ISBT, Azadpur to Nehru Place, Jahangirpuri to Old Delhi railway station and Nangloi to Shivaji stadium.

Electric trolley bus: These buses have a capacity of about 100 passengers. The project will require continuous power supply and modification of the existing road surface, electricity poles and traffic signals at intersections.

The project will cost about Rs 160 crore and will be implemented in about two years. The trolley bus costs about Rs 70 lakh and the operations and maintenance cost works out to be less than the Metro or even a regular bus, at 69 paise per passenger km.

Modernised tram: Officially called the Light Rail Transit (LRT), it is a narrow vehicle of about two metre width, suitable for the congested and narrow roads in the Walled City. The tram system — an older version of LRT — was operational here earlier and will run from Chandni Chowk to Chawri Bazar area.

The project, which will require changes in road infrastructure, will cost about Rs 150 crore. It will be completed in two years.

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