In 2009, the Government of Tamil nadu, as part of its transport policy was evaluating the various high capacity public transport alternatives, when BRTS was shortlisted as a viable alternative. Since this was also mentioned in the Chennai Traffic & Transport Study of 2006-08, the Government made the announcement to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Chennai.
Before the announcement, the Honorable minister of Transport took a tour of both Bogoto, Columbia and Ahmedabad, Gujrat where BRTS are successfully implemented.
The Institute of Transport Development Policy (ITDP) was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the pre-feasibility study. The final report was submitted in 2011.
In the pre-feasibility report, ITDP had identified 250 kms of BRTS for Chennai that would complement the Chennai Metro Rail network. This was spread over 3 phases.
Currently ICRA has bagged the tender for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the BRTS project in Chennai for 7 corridors. Their report is expected by mid 2017. Pallavan Transport Consultancy Services (PTCS) is managing the project. The DPR is being prepared for 120 km across 7 corridors.
The project has been delayed due to a variety of reasons. The final DPR is now expected around mid 2018.
The Government is being advised by Chennai City Connect Foundation and ITDP India on BRTS.