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High capacity buses from April

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI DEC. 22. Asserting that the ongoing reforms in the transport sector would continue as the Delhi Government was committed to providing an efficient and effective public transport system, the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, today declared that there was no move to derail implementation of the High Capacity Urban Bus system in the Capital. The buses will hit the roads by April next year but will only run on dedicated lanes a few months after their introduction.

Setting at rest all speculation about the implementation of the High Capacity Urban Bus system in the Capital, the Chief Minister said the dedicated roads would need some more time to be put together as it involved a lot of complexities including coordinating between various agencies. These dedicated lanes would only be in place after working out the complete details but there was no move to disband these dedicated lanes and these urban buses have a future only if they run on such lanes. It is just a matter of time before the entire project takes shape and the Government is determined to push ahead with reforms in this sector, she asserted. In fact, the Transport Minister, Haroon Yusuf, also informed that no such thing as putting dedicated lanes on the hold was happening and the High Capacity Urban Bus system was moving ahead full steam.

Ms. Dikshit said in addition to these urban buses, the Government was also finalising the draft for introduction of the Electric Trolley buses on certain routes that had already been identified. The purpose of the whole exercise is to provide the people with a multi-purpose public transport system that is efficient and professional. The Chief Minister also announced that she would be taking up review of all the Departments during the next few days and by the start of New Year, she will get going with the development agenda. "I have directed all the Ministers to update themselves with the activities of their Departments. There is no time to relax and everybody will have to perform as a team to live up to the expectations of the people and faith reposed in us by the electorate," she replied when asked if she was planning to take some time off after the hectic election activity.

The Chief Minister further said the Delhi Government was in the process of finalising the second phase of the Delhi Metro Rail project and approvals would be granted to the new routes as soon as the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) are finalised and placed before the Government. She said it was very important that the Centre and State Government work in tandem to ensure that Delhi gets the best of infrastructure facilities and global exposure. The Chief Minister also indicated that she would not take kindly to the delays in execution of projects including the flyovers that are behind schedule for no obvious reasons. In fact, she said a detailed review of the flyover projects, new and old, was in the offing and those who are found wanting with respect to performance and execution of work would face the music.

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