New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the city government to conduct a feasibility study in six weeks and on whether other vehicles can be allowed to ply in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in south of the capital to prevent heavy traffic jam on the dedicated route.
The survey however has to be done either by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) or the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
A division bench of acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed the government to file its report after due evaluation by either of the expert agency by May 16.
The court directions came after the informed the bench that a proposal for taking up the scientific study on the efficacy of the BRT corridor system had been sent to CRRI and NHAI for their consent.
The court directed the government to allow cars and three wheelers to ply on the bus lane on experiment basis for the study and make a comprehensive analysis.
The bench added that the petitioner, an NGO Nyay Bhoomi, could be allowed to participate in the survey.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Nyay Bhoomi, seeking direction to the Delhi government to allow three and four-wheelers to run on BRT corridor, reserved for buses, during non-peak hours.
The petitioner said the BRT system had created more chaos and heavy traffic jams in car lanes, without any conspicuous advantage to bus users.
The corridor which was aimed to ease traffic and check accidents has been facing criticism since its inauguration in 2008 for allegedly causing traffic jams along a 5.8 km stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital.