Bengaluru: The BMTC operated buses might finally run faster on a few important roads in Bengaluru. Hoping to attract more people towards using public transport services, several government agencies in the City are working on the project of creating exclusive bus lanes in a phased manner.
To start with, the project has been proposed on the 18-km Central Silk Board – KR Puram stretch. It will be taken up in two phases. The dedicated bus lane on the Silk Board – Marathahalli corridor is expected to be ready by November 1. “The project on the entire 18-km stretch will be thrown open by December-end,” senior officials said.
On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, who is also the minister for transport, inspected the stretch between Central Silk Board and KR Puram to study the implementation of bus priority lane project. Seeking his support, officials convinced the minister that the project is feasible.
A senior official said the left lane on both sides of the Central Silk Board – Marathahalli stretch will be dedicated to buses. “We will paint the stretch instead of installing bollards. Other than ambulances, no private vehicles including cars and two-wheelers will be allowed on the lanes created exclusively for buses,” the BBMP official said.
To introduce the project on a time-bound manner, Minister Savadi distributed responsibilities to BBMP, BMTC and Bengaluru Traffic police. He told the BBMP to build necessary infrastructure including bus shelters along the corridor. The BMTC was told to analyse the route, prepare action plan on the frequency and the number of buses to be inducted.
The city traffic police was told to find out if action can be taken against vehicles entering the bus priority lane under the Motor Vehiles Act.
Principal Secretery of Transport Department Gaurav Gupta, BMTC Managing Director C Shikha, officials from BBMP, DULT were present during the inspection.