The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the urban development and housing (UDH) minister, Srichand Kriplani, on Wednesday. Other than this, the minister has directed to appoint home guards, install CCTV cameras and ensure zebra crossings for the safety of pedestrians.
Since pedestrians were finding it difficult to cross the city’s main roads due to railings, a proposal was earlier forwarded to construct three FOBs at major points on Sikar Road and two on Ajmer Road. However, the proposal hit a roadblock after the finance wing raised objections.
An official said that the JDA had decided to set up a BRTS as a large number of citizens travel from Ajmer Road to Mansarovar, which are hubs of education and business.
FOBs are a must as it’s unsafe for pedestrians to cross the road on this busy route. “Similarly, the 7km corridor constructed on Sikar Road has increased the travel speed of vehicles. Also, there are many institutes and hospitals along the Brts Corridor. So FOBs will be required sooner than later,” said the official.
The FOBs are being proposed to be constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. “We are mulling a proposal to invite private players for construction. The awarded firm can earn revenue from selling the advertisement space,” said a JDA engineer.
Many points on crossroads along the BRTS corridor are considered unsafe. However, not many efforts have been made in the past to provide safety for pedestrians. “The JDA has failed to change the design of 12 crossroads along the BRTS corridor on Ajmer Road. In December 2015, a decision was taken after a security audit was conducted by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). The JDA had spent Rs 10 lakh for the security audit. But no changes have been made till date. The minister has now directed to strengthen safety norms on the BRTS,” said the official.
At the meeting, a decision was also taken to handover the maintenance of bus stops on the BRTS route on public-private partnership (PPP) model. “The awarded firm can look for revenue by selling advertisement space at these bus stops. The JDA will provide the right to the firm,” the official added.
The minster also directed the official to visit Ahmedabad to learn from the success of the BRTS model.
Box: Proposed Foot Overbridges (FOBs)
Sikar Road: 3
New Sanganer: 2
Ajmer Road: 2
Source : timesofindia