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BRTS

Project Background

The Government of Tamil nadu in the year 2009, 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.

Corridors

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.

Current Status

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.