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Cabinet clears multi-modal transit system
The Delhi Cabinet today cleared an Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System — having 43 corridors over a 575 km route — for public transport. (Express News Service)

New Delhi, April 3: The Delhi Cabinet today cleared an Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System — having 43 corridors over a 575 km route — for public transport. The transit system project is proposed to be undertaken in three phases, the first phase of which will be completed before the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Dikshit said the approval to the project came after a study report submitted by RITES in this regard.

The study, commissioned by the Delhi Government in June, 2005, was asked to identify all such corridors where public transport demand during peak hours exceeds 5,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

The study, part of an action plan to increase the public transport ratio from the current 60 per cent to 75 to 80 per cent, also recommends an additional 132 km route length where Metro needs to be constructed in the next two phases, government officials said.

This will be in addition to the 120-km Metro network that has already been constructed in Phases I and II. The RITES study has also recommended construction of 294 km of dedicated bus lanes through Bus Rapid Transit Systems, better known as the High Capacity Bus System (HCBS).

In other areas where adequate road width is not available, or the projected demand is more than what bus systems can carry, the study recommends considering Light Rail Transit(LRT) or Monorails.

An important recommendation relates to establishment of interchange points where passengers can conveniently change over from one mode of transport to the other.

An addition to the existing plans of HCBS corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Delhi Gate and Phase II of Metro, several corridors will be operational in the first phase itself.

The project, to be executed by the newly-formed Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), will be called Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit Systems (DIMTS).

New parking policy on the cards

A ban on purchase of vehicles by a resident if he is unable to provide his own private parking, a network of new parking lots and a differential parking rate are among the steps Delhi government is looking at as part of its parking policy.

The policy, drawn up in consultation with the MCD, DDA and NDMC after a Supreme Court direction, received the Delhi Cabinet’s in-principle approval today.

Urban Development Minister Dr AK Walia said the Government was considering a proposal wherein any resident with a 65 sq m plot will have to provide his own parking space.

The Government is also looking at a differential parking fee structure for the city. "Certain areas will have premium parking rates while others will have lower rates. For instance, the Connaught Place parking may have premium rates as opposed to a colony market parking lot. Both areas as well as the rates are yet to be determined,’’said government officials.

Officials said the differential rates will be levied primarily to discourage private parking in congested areas. "We have accepted action plans submitted by the urban local bodies. The MCD will be auctioning 175 new parking lots for the city. Apart from this, it will also construct 15 multistoreyed parking lots. Also, NDMC will construct three multistoreyed parking lots in their areas,’’said Principle Secretary Urban Development OP Kelkar. Kelkar said the parking lots auctioned by the MCD will be handed over to private parties for maintenance and management.

Government officials said all DTC depots will further be thrown open to private parking. ‘‘The idea behind this is to discourage traffic congestion and private vehicles on the roads. Commuters could park their vehicle at the depot and then use public transport from there,’’ said government officials.

The policy will now be sent to the Supreme Court, which is hearing the matter as part of the MC Mehta case.

Source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=176547

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