Project yet to be made fully functional
- The BRTS project is yet to be made fully functional and only eight Metro buses are plying on the railway station to India Gate route, the drivers of Pendu Bus Service have started using the corridor without any authority.
- These buses were spotted using the BRTS lane on the GT Road.
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 1
Buses under the Pendu Bus Service have also started using the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) lane in the city. Earlier, it was specifically earmarked for Metro buses.
The BRTS project is yet to be made fully functional and only eight Metro buses are plying on the railway station to India Gate route, the drivers of Pendu Bus Service have started using the corridor without any authority.
These buses were spotted using the BRTS lane on the GT Road. However, the authorities of the Metro Bus Service have claimed that they will not allow anyone to use the BRTS track.
Harbans Singh, in-charge, Metro Bus Service, said, “No one is authorised to use the BRTS track except Metro buses. Residents often use the track in the absence of proper check by the traffic police. If any driver of government-owned bus violates the rule, we will initiate action. I will investigate the matter and issue strict instructions to roadways drivers to stay away from the BRTS track.”
As the government failed to run the required number of buses on the BRTS track, a large number of residents can be seen using the lane designated for the metro buses.
To curb the practice, the metro authorities have deployed security guards at every bus stop but they seem to be unable to stop the practice.
“The guards stop the commuters from using the BRTS lane but they often argue with them. We have asked the police to keep a check on those who use the lane without any authority”, said Harbans Singh.
Meanwhile, the guards deployed at the BRTS stations stated that residents often argue with them to use the track. “They can be stopped by starting rapid bus service,” said a guard.
Avtar Singh, a city resident, said, “The BRTS lane lies vacant whole day so commuters prefer the lane. It also leads to traffic congestion on main roads.”
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