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HC to decide on BRT today

The Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce its verdict tomorrow on a plea which sought scrapping the 5.8-km-long Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand Bus Rapid Transit [BRT] corridor here on the grounds that car owners cannot be punished for not opting for public transport.

The bench had reserved the order on September 24 after hearing arguments from petitioner NGO-Nyaya Bhoomi, the intervener another NGO and the city government.

B B Sharan of NGO Nyaya Bhoomi, in his arguments, had referred to a survey report of Central Road Research Institute [CRRI] on the functioning of the BRT here and sought its scrapping alleging that it was harassing the commuters and was "complete wastage" of the public money.

Sharan also referred to the Delhi Master Plan to drive home his point that a dedicated BRT corridor cannot be implemented on narrow roads as it would hardly leave any space for other vehicles.

However, another NGO favouring the BRT, submitted that "unless they [car users] are punished, they will not shift to public transport system."

The Delhi government had earlier rejected the CRRI report criticising the Bus Rapid Transit [BRT] corridor and said that it was "unconstitutional" and "irrational" as it ignored the rights of common commuters.
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