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BRTS

Project Background

In 2009, the Government of Tamilnadu, 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 to the Department of Transportation, Government of Tamilnadu.

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. In phase 1, the following 7 corridors with a combined length of 120 km on roads where there is adequate right-of-way was chosen.

Corridor NoOriginĀ DestinationLength (km)
1KoyambeduPoonamallee14
2KoyambeduAmbattur7.7
3KoyambeduMadhavaram12.4
4SaidapetSiruseri24.25
5SaidapetMahindra World City42
6ChrompetThoraipakkam10.6
7KoyambeduSaidapet9

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. 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.