Public transport: Work on next phase of bus track from next month

Published: April 6, 2012

PHASE-1: 10 bus stops have been built along the stretch of BRTS track between Kahna and Kalma Chowk, says a TEPA OFFICIAL.

LAHORE: 

Workers will complete the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Ferozepur Road in May and start work on the next stage soon after, including a 2.5-kilometre bus-only bridge over Qurtaba Chowk.

Officials of the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) told The Express Tribune that the first phase of the project, for the laying of a special bus track from Kahna to Kalma Chowk (around 10km), would be finished next month.

Once that is complete, workers will start preparing the BRTS track from Kalma Chowk to Qurtaba Chowk, a distance of around 4.2 kilometres, they said. They will simultaneously start building a 2.5-km flyover from Qurtaba Chowk to MAO College, said the TEPA officials. The works would be completed in October, they said.

The TEPA officials said that the PC-1 (project digest) for the elevated track had been submitted to the Planning and Development Department and they expected approval to be granted soon. They said that building an elevated track would obviate the need to buy costly land for the project.

Mazhar Hussain, the BRT project director and director for engineering construction at TEPA, said that work on both sections would begin simultaneously to save time. He said that the laying of track between Kalma Chowk and Qurtaba Chowk would take about three months, while building the elevated track would take around six months.

“At the present pace of work, we should be able to complete the first phase by mid-May,” he said. “The next phase will begin soon after.”

Hussain said that it was necessary to build an elevated track for the BRTS between Qurtaba Chowk and MAO College because the stretch was too congested and there was not enough space in this section for a dedicated bus-only lane down the middle of Ferozepur Road. “The BRTS flyover strip will also reduce the mess on the adjoining roads,” he said.

TEPA Assistant Director Ansar Butt said that 10 bus stops had been built along the stretch of BRTS track between Kahna and Kalma Chowk. Four more bus stops each are to be built along the second and third sections of the BRTS. The four bus stops on the elevated track would be at Qurtaba Chowk, Mozang Adda, Janazgah and at the Hailey College of Banking and Finance at the Punjab University’s Old Campus. He said that a total of 31 bus stops were to be installed for the whole project. He said the bus stops would be connected to the track via overhead bridges.

TEPA sources said that workers had also laid ducts along the BRTS track between Kahna and Kalma Chowk for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which envisages the installation of high-tech cameras and sensors along the route for traffic management and monitoring. The ITS and BRTS projects are meant to be synergistic, since the cameras and sensors are supposed to ensure that the buses always get a green light. However, no funds have yet been released for the ITS.

The sources said that the ducts had been laid for wiring for the ITS system, so that workers would not have to dig up the track again when work on the ITS begins.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2012.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Blithe
    Apr 6, 2012 - 3:10AM

    Let’s try to build a tram system too.

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  • mani
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:56AM

    I hope the project works just like as it sounds

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  • Asim
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Any news about Lahore Mass Transit System …….. Seems Shahbaz Sharif will not go for it, though he knows that is more viable than BRTS

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  • spender-e-alla
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:26AM

    atta costly, petrol costly, education costly, cng costly, sugar costly, mutton and chicken costly , vegetables costly……
    but we have these costly useless projects to waste money….basic amenities are the above mentioned not high tech bus or fly overs…….
    wow..spender-e-alla

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  • Bitter reality
    Apr 6, 2012 - 12:36PM

    @spender-e-alla
    How you may say its a useless project. Just relax, broad your vision and avoid criticism. Think in terms of positivity not negativity. Appreciate if something nice is being done and point what else better may be done. If there were a competition for criticism, It would have been all pak on the top of list, I guess.Recommend

  • M.A.S
    Apr 6, 2012 - 3:23PM

    A mass transit system would have been there. this project is taking alot of time and money. It is given priority just to keep happy the transport mafia. Think in terms of 21st century…..not the stone age.

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  • JAM
    Apr 6, 2012 - 3:44PM

    That is the best project ever in Lahore..it should be extended to other roads as well. when it will be in working then people will realize that how much there time is being saved… people always talk about the traffic system in modern world but when some project starts in Pakistan they start criticizing on political basis..

    @Blithe: @Asim: Mass Transit System is very costly as compared with BRT… but dnt be sad BRT is the first step.. be hopeful that once this system is successful it could be converted into Mass Transit System with its owned earned money..

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  • Zubair
    Apr 6, 2012 - 6:00PM

    India has higher petrol prices and higher poverty than us, but they do not complain this much regarding hike in petroleum prices, wanna know why?
    Because of comparatively better domestic train and transport system.
    70% of New Yorkers do not have a car, its not because they can’t afford it, its because they don’t need it. Whole Europe uses buses and subways, its no co-incidence. Our country is already very late, this should have been done ten years ago. If we have a good transport system, people will travel by it much faster and cheaper and government will save on oil import bill.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Salam to all members of this group ,This project is good but its a story of number gaining .Its give great loss to traders of ferozepur Road the Business of two side is so effected after the muslim town bridge .Its not possible to shabaz sharif that he cross the Brt the center of ichra,los,mozange and other areas and for this purpose he want land to extand the roads and they want property to the landlords and they say they give dc rate of property .How he can do a so expansive property he give 12 lacks no body admit.

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  • Apr 15, 2012 - 3:39PM

    its bad project ever in his duration . 100 percent itts not complete ok remember i.

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