Pune, Dec 03: Pune today become the first city in the
country to have the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, a modern
public transport plan to beat traffic chaos, with Union Urban
Development Minister Jaipal Reddy inaugurating the system on a
12.2 km stretch of the total planned distance of over 100 km.
"The central government has approved Bus Rapid Transit
system for Indore, Pune and Ahmedabad. But Pune has become the
first city in the country where it (BRTs) has become
operational and I am happy to flag off the bus," Reddy said at
a function held to mark the occasion.
Reddy, MP Suresh Kalmadi, Mayor Rajini Tribhuvan,
Municipal Commissioner Nitin Kareer, Corporators and members
of the public had a ride in the five Volvo buses procured for
the BRTs and that plied during the inaugural run.
Currently, the BRT system would be operational only on a
12.2 km long Hadapsar-Swargate-Katraj corridor, to be complete
within three months at a cost of Rs 62 crore. More corridors
would be added subsequently, covering all the major arterial
roads for an extensive Pune-wide BRT network.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 500 crore for another 50 km
for BRTs and the fund for the remaining 50 km of BRTs corridor
would also be approved without any delay, the Union Minister
said in his speech.
Urbanisation is a byproduct of industrialisation and was
inevitable. In the 20th century, the USA and Europe underwent
urbanisation which was now taking place in developing
countries like India, Reddy said.