Apr 26, 2008

Delhi BRT Safe for Now

It has been a dramatic week.

Last week I wondered if the Delhi BRT project would be given a chance.

Well, the initial BRT corridor does seem safe, for now at least.

Today, Delhi's Chief Minister was quoted as announcing that the initial BRT corridor project will continue but that further expansion of the BRT network is on hold until this part is made to work properly.

This is according to early reports (such as this and this) of the result of the meeting today that was called to decide the immediate fate of the project.

The Times of India coverage has been especially hostile and this continued throughout the week. This included new vicious attacks on the credibility of the IIT-Delhi academics, Geetam Tiwari and Dinesh Mohan.

By mid-week the project seemed to be under siege from all sides and few would have predicted a reprieve at that time.

However, by Friday, enormous efforts at enforcement and to correct signal problems were reported to have eased the delays and reduced the chaos at the scene.

Furthermore, a number of important voices, including the Centre for Science and Environment, spoke up on Friday in support of bus priority and of the BRT project itself.

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