PCMC to get consultants to assess impact of BRT

Source: The Times of India
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PUNE: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon appoint consultants who will assess the impact of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit projects on the industrial township, before and after its implementation. The consultants will monitor and evaluate the project.
The BRT route has been planned on a total of 130 km on various roads in the twin township. Some of the projects have been largely funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
Besides, the corporation has also proposed to take up the construction of two road-cum-BRT corridors under the Global Environment Facility’s sustainable urban transport project.
The two corridors are Kalewadi KSB chowk to Dehu-Alandi Road (13.2 km), and Nashik phata to Wakad, a distance of 7.8 km. The corporation has availed funds from GEF and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for improvement of urban transport infrastructure and services.
Civic officials said the consultants will be monitor, evaluate and identify performance indicators for the two GEF-funded BRT corridors.
With the help of performance indicators, the consultants would track the impact of the project before its implementation, during the implementation and also after its completion. The consultants will also be involved in tracking the project to ensure that the objectives of scheduled adherence, cost reduction, efficiency and customer satisfaction are achieved. The consultancy is expected for a period of four years.
Other roads where the PCMC is planning to implement BRT under JNNURM include the Mumbai-Pune highway stretch from Nigdi to Dapodi, Aundh-Ravet Road, Telco Road, Dehu to Alandi road, Nashik phata to Moshi, Hinjewadi to Dehu Alandi road, Vishrantwadi to Alandi and Kiwale to Bhakti Shakti.
While the construction of BRT stations on the Mumbai-Pune stretch has started, the widening of the 14.4-km stretch between Aundh and Ravet has been delayed in some areas due to delays in transfer of defence land to the PCMC.
After the meeting held last week, between PCMC officials and defence authorities to discuss the issue, civic officials said the defence authorities were positive about transferring the land to the corporation.
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