Ludhiana and Amritsar could soon have high quality safe BRTs!
Mumbai | August 30, 2013 On August 28, 2013, the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that Amritsar and Ludhiana will kick off BRT systems in the next few years. A state delegation on a visit on Turkey was highly impressed by the BRT system in Istanbul. The state government is about to begin a feasibility and detail project report for the BRT systems in both Ludhiana and Amritsar.
The delegation held an in-depth meeting with the Istanbul Electricity Tramway and Tunnel’s Chief Hayri Baracli, a public sector company which was operating BRTS in Istanbul along with the EMBARQ Turkey staff. IETT provides transport services in Istanbul, a city of more than 1 crore people, including trams, ferries, buses, and the BRTS. It successfully transports more than 7,50,000 passengers every day. The State delegation includes P.S. Aujla, Secretary PWD, A.Venu Prasad, Secretary Housing, Ashok Gupta, Secretary Local Bodies, Anurag Aggarwal, MD PIDB, Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Chief Administrator PUDA, Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Chief Administrator GMADA and Rakesh Verma, Chief Administrator GLADA and representatives from UMTC & IIDC.
EMBARQ India along with EMBARQ Turkey, helped organising this trip as well as assisted the delegates understanding the BRT project. After visiting the BRT project, the delegation also visited the EMBARQ Turkey office where the EBMARQ staff presented the pedestrianization of historical peninsula that was followed by a site visit.
Ludhiana is a major industrial centre in north India which has seen an escalation of traffic problems in the past decade. Amritsar is an important religious centre in Punjab, which has seen prodigious growth and with it escalating transportation problem.
It is expected that the visit will planning the BRT in Punjab in the right manner by incorporating all the required elements, including Road Safety right from its conceptualization.