Bhopal | 1st June 2013 Bhopal’s first BRTS system was launched on 1st June. Buses ran along a 6.7 km stretch from Regional Research Laboratories (RRL) to Misrod, under the watchful eye of administrators and planners. The first phase of the Bhopal BRT project extends along a 23 km corridor starting from Bairagadh and terminating at Misrod, passing through the core of the city. This innaugural phase has been five years in the making. Implemented by the Bhopal City Links Limited (Bhopal’s city transit management agency), this is the the second BRTS in Madhya Pradesh. During the trial run, buses travelled the length of the corridor at an average speed of 20 km/hr, a 27% improvement over the speed of the current city bus service.
The successful launch of the iBus corridor in Indore, has been an important influence in catalysing the launch of Bhopal’s BRT line. In the last month, work on this stretch of the BRT, originally slated to be completed in another year, was undertaken on war footing. The administration led from the forefront, ensuring all efforts on completing the infrastructure for the initial 6.7 km section and hand-over to the operations team for the trial runs. The first section is expected to be fully operational in the next three weeks.
EMBARQ India assisted local officials in getting operations off to a smooth start. Prior to the launch, EMBARQ India has been working with local officials to establish parameters for data collection, system analysis and operational improvements.
Meanwhile, the city is already working towards completing infrastructure on the second phase of the corridor.