With the third phase completed in the next two and half years, BRTS in Ahmedabad will span 129-kilometre in the city — the largest BRTS network in the country. Tenders pertaining to three of the nine stretches planned for the third phase are being brought out shortly. The BRTS project once completed in the next three years will provide a major impetus to upcoming projects like GIFT city, industrial hubs like Sanand and the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) stretch.
The first part of the third phase will include stretches of Sola-Science city, Juhapura APMC-Shivaranjini, Jashodanagar-Hathijan and government litho press-Prem darwaza. The other stretches include routes from Narol to Aslali ring road, Khokhara-New Cloth Market, Khokhra-Rakhial-Dafnala-Acher, New C G Road- Visat Junction-Vishwakarma college and Akhbarnagar-Gota. The 37-km stretch of BRTS proposed for the third phase will also see Thaltej connected to the BRTS network at Helmet crossroads. There are at least four other stretches proposed for the BRTS that will connect the S P ring road. As much as Rs 150 crore has been allotted in current year budget for the BRTS. The BRTS network will connect major institutional, educational, public transport hubs and industrial areas in the city. “The 129 km stretch will cover essential part of city and will help commuters travel from their homes to surrounding growth centres. GIFT, Sanand and DMIC are emerging growth centres for Ahmedabad city,” adds an AJL official.
ISSUES THAT ARE BEING DEBATED Should BRTS and Metrorail compete for passengers along a certain length on Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar highway
Whether people who work at GIFT city should have a choice of an alternative and cheap transport like the BRTS
The new bridge across Sabarmati river near PDPU university will require a nod from Union ministry of forests and environment
Should a new special purpose vehicle (SPV) be formed for Chandkheda-GIFT city BRTS project