Ahmedabad BRTS

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Janmarg
Janmarg logo new.jpg
Overview
Owner Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Locale Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Transit type Bus rapid transit
Number of lines 12[1]
Number of stations 126 (December, 2013)[2]
Daily ridership 130000+ (December, 2012)[2][3]
Chief executive Utpal Padia[4]
Headquarters Ground Floor, Dr. Ramanbhai Patel Bhavan, West Zone Office, Ahmedabad Municiapal Corporation, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad
Website Ahmedabad BRTS
Operation
Began operation October 14, 2009
Operator(s) Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL)
Technical
System length 75 kilometres (47 mi)
+19 kilometres (12 mi) under construction[5]

Janmarg also known as Ahmedabad BRTS, is a bus rapid transit in Ahmedabad, India. It is operated by Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited, a subsidiary of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. It is designed by CEPT University.[4][6]

Etymology[edit]

Janmarg means the people's way in Gujarati language.[3]

Background[edit]

Nehru Nagar - Shivranjani Crossroad Corridor
Ahmedabad BRTS at night

Ahmedabad has a population of 5,570,585 as per 2011 census,[7] which is likely to be 11 million by the year 2035. This would lead to agglomeration of surrounding settlements like Naroda and other smaller villages, which ultimately increases the area of the city, which may become 1,000 km2 in the year 2035. For the first 50 years since independence, Ahmedabad had very limited public transport options. During Modi Government, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Gujarat State Government initiated a plan for integrated public transit system, in which Bus Rapid Transit System) is one of the components, to facilitate the major mobility need of the people. In future, this system will get integrated with MEGA by the addition of two lines running through east to west and north to south in the city.[6] Upcoming Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) would be easily accessible through this multimodal mix of Rapid Transport Systems.[6]

Chennai BRTS and Bangalore BRTS have also followed this BRTS and are under implementation while Mumbai BRTS and Bhubaneswar BRTS are under planning.[6]

Technical procedures was started in 2006.[8] A part of the first corridor connecting Pirana to RTO Junction was opened to public on October 14, 2009 by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi.[6] Second half of the first phase of the BRTS was inaugurated on December 25, 2009. It was stretched up to Kankaria Lake later to cater eastern part of the city.

Planning[edit]

Prof.H.M Shivanand Swamy, an economist and urban planner by training and is the Associate Director, CEPT University spearheaded the planning and implementation of BRTS in Ahmedabad by mapping various corridors and feeder networks. Besides giving priority to buses, the system is designed to provide dedicated lanes for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicles like cycles and rickshaws etc.[6][8]

Feasibility Report (2005): First study initiated by the state project development agency, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board, initiated preparation of a feasibility report for bus rapid transit system. The study, based on a detailed assessment of demand, socio-economic characteristics and technical feasibility, identified BRTS development over 58 kilometers of road network.[6]

Detailed Project Report (2005): Based on the feasibility report prepared by CEPT, a detailed project report for submission under JNNURM program of the Government of India was prepared by CEPT. The project has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Urban Development (India). The project report included detailed planning of roadway as well as development of other supporting infrastructure and operating systems.[6]

Network map

Detailed System Design and Implementation Support (2006-ongoing):BRTS- Ahmedabad is under implementation. Detailed system design and support during construction is being provided by CEPT team. The team had already made some 100 minor design changes to avoid difficulties faced by Delhi and Pune in implementation.[6][9]

Selection of Corridors[edit]

Based on an analysis of the socio-economic factors, travel demand patterns, road network characteristics, proposed metro plan and existing Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) route network as the criteria, a network of roads covering about 155 kilometers in length have been identified for developing the Bus Rapid Transit System within Ahmedabad.[6]

Lines & Stations[edit]

Following are the 12 currently operational lines:

  • Line no. 1 RTO Circle - Maninagar
  • Line no. 2 Anjali (Vasna) - Naroda
  • Line no. 3 RTO Circle - Naroda
  • Line no. 4 RTO Circle - Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)
  • Line no. 5 Bopal - Iskcon - Maninagar
  • Line no. 6 Soni Ni Chali - Odhav - S P Ring Road
  • Line no. 7 Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja) - Science City Approach
  • Line no. 8 Chandkheda - Visat Junction - Maninagar
  • Line no. 9 RTO Circle - Town Hall (Ellisbridge) - Memco - Naroda
  • Line no. 10 Anjali (Vasna) - Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)
  • Line no. 12 RTO Circle - Nehrunagar - Kalupur - RTO Circle
  • Line no. 13 Anjali (Vasna) - Kalupur - Akhbarnagar - Anjali (Vasna)

There are, currently, 126 BRTS stations:

Line no. 1 RTO Circle - Maninagar

  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Sola Cross Roads
  • Valinath Chowk
  • Memnagar
  • Gujarat) University
  • Andhjan Mandal (IIM)
  • Himmatlal Park
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • Manekbaug
  • Dharnidhar Derasar
  • Anjali
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Vaikunthdham Mandir
  • Swaminarayan College
  • Kankaria Telephone Exchange || Mira Cinema Cross Roads, Bhairavnath Road, Jawahar Chowk, Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Rambaug
  • Maninagar Char Rasta
  • Maninagar

Line no. 2 Anjali (Vasna) - Naroda

  • Anjali
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Danilimda Road
  • Chhipa Society
  • Chandola Lake
  • BRTS Workshop
  • Kashiram Textiles
  • Narol
  • Mukesh Industries
  • Isanpur
  • Ghodasar
  • Jashodanagar Cross Roads
  • (Ahmedabad-Vadodara) Express Highway Junction
  • CTM Cross Roads
  • Purvdeep Society
  • Jogeshwari Society
  • Rabari Colony
  • Ramrajya Nagar
  • Rameshwar Park
  • Geeta Gauri Cinema
  • Soni Ni Chali
  • Viratnagar
  • Bapunagar Approach
  • Lilanagar
  • Thakkarnagar Approach
  • Hiravadi
  • Vijay Park
  • Krishna Nagar
  • Dhanush Dhari Mandir
  • Naroda

Line no. 3 RTO Circle - Naroda

  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Sola Cross Roads
  • Valinath Chowk
  • Memnagar
  • (Gujarat) University
  • Andhjan Mandal (IIM)
  • Himmatlal Park
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • Manekbaug
  • Dharnidhar Derasar
  • Anjali (Vasna)
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Danilimda Road
  • Chhipa Society
  • Chandola Lake
  • BRTS Workshop
  • Kashiram Textiles
  • Narol
  • Mukesh Industries
  • Isanpur
  • Ghodasar
  • Jashodanagar Cross Roads
  • (Ahmedabad-Vadodara) Express Highway Junction
  • CTM Cross Roads
  • Purvdeep Society
  • Jogeshwari Society
  • Rabari Colony
  • Ramrajya Nagar
  • Rameshwar Park
  • Geeta Gauri Cinema
  • Soni Ni Chali
  • Viratnagar
  • Bapunagar Approach
  • Lilanagar
  • Thakkarnagar Approach
  • Hiravadi
  • Vijay Park
  • Krishna Nagar
  • Dhanush Dhari Mandir
  • Naroda

Line no. 4 RTO Circle - Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)

  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Nava Vadaj
  • Ramapir No Tekro
  • Juna Vadaj
  • Gurudwara
  • Hanumanpura
  • Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)

Line no. 5 Bopal - Iskcon - Maninagar

  • Bopal Approach
  • Ambli Gam
  • Swagat Bungalow
  • Jayantilal Park
  • Ashok Vatika
  • Anthariksh Colony
  • ISKCON Mandir
  • ISKCON Cross Roads
  • Ramdevnagar
  • ISRO
  • Star Bazaar
  • Jodhpur Cross Roads
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • Manekbaug
  • Dharnidhar Derasar
  • Anjali (Vasna)
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Vaikunthdham Mandir
  • Swaminarayan College
  • Kankaria Telephone Exchange || Mira Cinema Cross Roads, Bhairavnath Road, Jawahar Chowk, Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Rambaug
  • Maninagar Char Rasta
  • Maninagar

Line no. 6 Soni Ni Chali - Odhav - S P Ring Road

  • Ajit Mill
  • Soni Ni Chali
  • Grid Station
  • Odhav Fire Station
  • Vallabh Nagar
  • Chhotalal Ni Chali
  • Morlidhar Society
  • Odhav Talav (Gam)
  • S P Ring Road

Line no. 7 Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja) - Science City Approach

  • Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)
  • Hanumanpura
  • Gurudwara
  • Juna Vadaj
  • Ramapir No Tekro
  • Nava Vadaj
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Parasnagar
  • Parshwanath Jain Mandir
  • Bhuyangdev
  • Sattadhar
  • Sola Bridge
  • Science City Approach

Line no. 8 Chandkheda - Visat Junction - Maninagar

  • Chandkheda (Gam)
  • Shiva Shakti Nagar
  • Janta Nagar
  • Avani Bhavan (ONGC)
  • Visat Gandhinagar Junction
  • Motera Cross Roads
  • Sabarmati Police Station
  • Sabarmati Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Rathi Apartment
  • Sabarmati Power House
  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Sola Cross Roads
  • Valinath Chowk
  • Memnagar
  • (Gujarat) University
  • Andhjan Mandal (IIM)
  • Himmatlal Park
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • Manekbaug
  • Dharnidhar Derasar
  • Anjali (Vasna)
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Vaikunthdham Mandir
  • Swaminarayan College
  • Kankaria Telephone Exchange || Mira Cinema Cross Roads, Bhairavnath Road, Jawahar Chowk, Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Kankaria Lake
  • Rambaug
  • Maninagar Char Rasta
  • Maninagar

Line no. 9 RTO Circle - Town Hall (Ellisbridge) - Memco - Naroda

1) RTO Circle to Town Hall route:-

  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Nava Vadaj
  • Ramapir No Tekro
  • Juna Vadaj
  • Gurudwara
  • Hanumanpura
  • Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)
  • Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)
  • Sarangpur Darwaja
  • Karnamukteshwar Mahadev
  • Raipur Darwaja
  • Astodiya Darwaja
  • Astodiya Chakla
  • Municipal Corporation Office
  • Raikhad Cross Roads
  • Lokmanya Tilak Bag
  • Town Hall

2) Town Hall to Naroda route:-

  • Town Hall
  • Lokmanya Tilak Bag
  • Raikhad Cross Roads
  • Municipal Corporation Office
  • Astodiya Chakla
  • Astodiya Darwaja
  • Raipur Darwaja
  • Karnamukteshwar Mahadev
  • Sarangpur Darwaja
  • Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)
  • G.C.S. Hospital
  • Arvind Mill
  • Geening Press
  • Naroda Fruit Market
  • Memco Cross Road
  • Municipal Corporation North Zone Office
  • Naroda

Line no. 10 Anjali (Vasna) - Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)

  • Anjali (Vasna)
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Vaikunthdham Mandir
  • Swaminarayan College
  • Raipur Darwaja
  • Karnamukteshwar Mahadev
  • Sarangpur Darwaja
  • Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)

Line no. 12 RTO Circle - Nehrunagar - Kalupur - RTO Circle

  • RTO Circle
  • Ranip
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Sola Cross Roads
  • Valinath Chowk
  • Memnagar
  • (Gujarat) University
  • Andhjan Mandal (IIM)
  • Himmatlal Park
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • L Colony
  • Panjrapol Cross Roads
  • Gulbai Tekra Approach
  • L D Engineering College
  • Town Hall
  • Lokmanya Tilak Bag
  • Raikhad Cross Roads
  • Municipal Corporation Office
  • Astodiya Chakla
  • Astodiya Darwaja
  • Raipur Darwaja
  • Karnamukteshwar Mahadev
  • Sarangpur Darwaja
  • Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)
  • Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)
  • Hanumanpura
  • Gurudwara
  • Juna Vadaj
  • Ramapir No Tekro
  • Nava Vadaj
  • Ranip
  • RTO Circle

Line no. 13 Anjali (Vasna) - Kalupur - Akhbarnagar - Anjali (Vasna)

  • Anjali (Vasna)
  • Chandranagar
  • Khodiyarnagar
  • Danilimda Cross Roads
  • Vaikunthdham Mandir
  • Swaminarayan College
  • Raipur Darwaja
  • Karnamukteshwar Mahadev
  • Sarangpur Darwaja
  • Kalupur Railway Station (Ahmedabad Central)
  • Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja)
  • Hanumanpura
  • Gurudwara
  • Juna Vadaj
  • Ramapir No Tekro
  • Nava Vadaj
  • Bhavsar Hostel
  • Akhbarnagar
  • Pragatinagar
  • Shastrinagar
  • Jaymangal
  • Sola Cross Roads
  • Valinath Chowk
  • Memnagar
  • (Gujarat) University
  • Andhjan Mandal (IIM)
  • Himmatlal Park
  • Shivranjani
  • Jhansi Ki Rani
  • Nehrunagar
  • Manekbaug
  • Dharnidhar Derasar
  • Anjali (Vasna)

Corridors[edit]

Given the expected travel demand on each corridor, BRTS solutions are structured.The operations plan developed not only provides route structure for BRT operations but also the rationalised routing plan for AMTS operations. This is necessary so that the two systems compliment each other rather than compete with each other. In terms of routes following three types of routes are structured to operate transit services - BRTS Trunk Routes, Complementary Routes (AMTS)and BRTS Feeder Routes.[6]

Corridors are as follows:[1]       Operational corridors       Underconstruction corridors       Proposed corridors

Route Status Number of stations Length Notes
RTO Circle - Danilimda - Kankaria Lake 26 18 kilometres (11 mi)
Kankaria Lake - Maninagar Railway Station - Kankaria Telephone Exchange (circular) 7 4.65 kilometres (2.89 mi)
Dani Limbda - Narol 5 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)
Narol - Naroda ST workshop 20 21.59 kilometres (13.42 mi)
Bhavsar Hostel - Dilli/Delhi Darwaja (Sarkari Litho Press) 8 6 kilometres (3.7 mi)
Shivranjani - Iskcon[10] 5 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi)
Ajit Mill-Soni ni chali cross roads-Odhav[11] 7 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi)
RTO Circle - Sabarmati - Visat Junction[2] 5 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi)
Sola Cross Road (AEC) - Sola Bridge[2] 7 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi)
Dilli/Delhi Darwaja (Sarkari Litho Press) - Kalupur - Aastodia Darwaja - Sarangpur - Town Hall (Ellisbridge) Phase III[12]
Visat Junction - Chandkheda 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) Phase II
Iskcon - Bopal 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) Phase II
Kalupur - Naroda ST Workshop Phase II
Nehrunagar-Ellisbridge-Astodia-Sarangpur-Ajit Mill 6.2 kilometres (3.9 mi) Phase II
Naroda ST Workshop - Naroda Gaam ~2 kilometres (1.2 mi) Phase II
Sola bridge - Science city 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) Phase III
Shivranjani - APMC Market Phase III
Jashodanagar - Hathijan Phase III
Narol - Aslali Phase III Ph-3
Akhbarnagar - Gota Phase III Ph-3

Steering Committee[edit]

The Bus Rapid Transit Project for Ahmedabad city has been guided by the steering committee chaired by Shri. K. Kailashnathan, (I.A.S), Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department, Government of Gujarat.[citation needed]

  1. Anil Mukim - Former Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
  2. P.J Pujari - Secretary, Economic Affairs, Finance Department
  3. Jayant Parimal - CEO, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB)
  4. K. Srinivas - Managing Director, Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC)

Operator[edit]

Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL), the parent company which governs BRTS operations in Ahmedabad, was constituted as a Special Purpose Vehicle by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation,Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority and Government of Gujarat. It is presently envisaged that private operators selected through competitive bidding will carry out bus operations.[6] AJL introduced Automated fare collection system through smart cards for commuters.[6] AJL introduced Automated fare collection system through smart cards for commuters.[6]

Buses[edit]

It has a mixed fleet of air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses. Parts for the buses are provided by Tata Motors. These buses are built by Chartered Speed locally according to specifications.

Integrated Transportation Management System[edit]

Ahmedabad BRTS is provided with an Integrated Transportation Management System (IMTS) which includes Advanced Vehicle Tracking System (AVLS), Fleet Management System (FMS), Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), Passenger Information System (PIS), Passenger announcement (PA), and Vehicle Scheduling and Dispatching (VSD). These technologies have been provided by the Spanish company GMV Innovating Solutions. The ITMS is currently operated since 2010 by a JV lead by GMV Innovating Solutions. Ahmedabad BRTS has received several national and international awards for its ITMS, such as the National Award for “Award for Excellence in the category of Best Project – 2011” from Government of India.

Recognition[edit]

Ahmedabad BRTS was showcased at 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference as a 'lighthouse project' as part of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Momentum for Change Initiative.[3][13]

Awards[edit]

  • National Award for “Award for Excellence in the category of Best IMTS Project – 2011” from Government of India[4]
  • International Award for “Sustainable Transport Award – 2010” at Washington DC, USA.[4][14][15]
  • National Award for “Best Mass Transit Rapid System Project - 2009” from Government of India.[4][16]
  • International Award for “Outstanding Innovations in Public Transportation – 2010” from UITP, Germany[4]
  • National Award for “Best Innovation Project Towards Improvement in Urban Mobility in the City of Ahmedabad through New Technological Innovations in Janmarg BRTS – 2010” from Government of India.[4]
  • International Award for Design – “Daring Ambition Award and Knowledge and Research Award – 2011” at 59th UITP World Congress, Dubai.[4]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Janmarg Routes". CEPT. Janmarg Ltd.-AMC. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Modi opens two new BRTS routes". DeshGujarat (Ahmedabad). DeshGujarat.Com. December 25, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ahmedabad, Bus Rapid Transit system, Janmarg". United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About and Awards - Official Website". AMC. Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dutta, Vishal (2013-05-19). "BRTS: Lessons Delhi can learn from Ahmedabad's transport system". The Economics Times. p. 1. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Ahmedabad BRTS:Urban Transport Initiatives in India: Best Practices in PPP". National Institute of Urban Affairs. 2010. pp. 18–48. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ahmedabad City Census 2011 data, Ahmedabad Population 2011
  8. ^ a b "Ahmedabad kicks off 500-cr integrated BRTS". One India News. May 4, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ahmedabad BRTS is the best, says expert". Ahmedabad Mirror. Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. August 1, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ DNA Correspondent (16 September 2012). "Shivranjani-Iskcon BRTS stretch in Ahmedabad operational, finally!". Daily News and Analysis (Ahmedabad). DNA. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Team GGN (September 28, 2012). "New BRTS stretch gets operational". Global Gujarat News. Global Gujarat News. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ Sharma, Ritu (March 3, 2013). "In BRTS phase-III, AMC plans to link outskirts". The Indian Express. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ Goswami, Urmi (November 15, 2012). "UN Climate Change Negotiations 2012: Ahmedabad's Bus Rapid Transit System to be showcased by United Nations". The Economic Times. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ahmedabad, India Wins 2010 Sustainable Transport Award". PRN Newswire. January 10, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Developed Ahmedabad impresses World Bank". Daily News and Analysis (Ahmedabad). DNA. Jan 21, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ahmedabad Janmarg BRTS brings honour to Gujarat". Daily News and Analysis (Ahmedabad). DNA. December 4, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 

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