CHANDIGARH: Calling for an improvement in plying of buses, raising their frequency on high-density routes and more dedicated corridors for last-mile connectivity, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) in its final draft report has identified 66km road network in the Tricity for upgradation by 2027
A maximum of 40km stretch falls in Mohali district of Punjab, 24km in Haryana’s Panchkula and the remaining 2 km in Chandigarh.
“The 66km roads in the draft report fall under the planned category of the state government and the UT and is in the master plan of the authorities too.
The report has called for strengthening the road network by 2027 under a short-term measure and all authorities should focus on it. With the development of the road network, more people will get better connectivity with Metro too planned,” sources said.
The RITES has also identified five to six very high-frequency bus corridors in the Tricity and asked the authorities to ensure around 800 to 1,000 buses on these routes by 2052 to provide quick last-mile connectivity. “The high-frequency routes should have maximum buses, as areas along them are either already developed or at developing stage. Buses will play a most vital role on such routes in the future,” said the RITES in its report.
“The RITES said since many of these high-frequency corridors are already developed and many other will be developed soon, giving timely and frequent bus services will be crucial for improved and effective public transport,” said sources. “As per rough estimates, around 400 to 450 buses are currently running on these high-frequency routes and there is a need to double them by 2052,” sources added.