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Pimpri-Chinchwad Bus Rapid Transit System was a bus rapid transit project to for the twin city of Pune i.e. Pimpri-Chinchwad in Maharashtra state of India. Two lines are currently being constructed, with further routes under consideration. Operations on the Sangvi-Kiwale began on September 5, 2015 under the brand Rainbow BRTS. Rainbow BRTS is form by merging of this system with Pune BRTS as new brand for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad which is currently under construction.
The system was announced in December 2008, when eight routes covering 112 km were proposed. Construction of the first route was due to be completed within 18 months. By January 2009, 90% of construction work on an 11 km pilot route between Nigdi and Dapodi had been completed. However, a string of disputes between the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), civic administrators and corporators led to the project being delayed, with corporators citing funding difficulties and problems encountered on the similar Delhi BRTS and Pune BRTS projects as the causes.
In September 2009 it was announced to the press that, although most work had been completed, difficulties procuring the 650 buses required to run on the system had led to the project being indefinitely postponed. It was also found that the proposed new bus shelters had been due to be installed on the wrong side of the road, leading to delays in their construction, while passenger information systems had yet to be installed. The PCMC stated that this was not a major issue as the shelters could be constructed quickly from prefabricated materials, and that the vehicles would be purchased by December 2009. A month later it was revealed that the cost of the project had overrun by 230 crore, around 50% of the total project cost.
By May 2010, funding for the completion of four BRT routes had been agreed, with the remaining four sanctioned by the national government but not yet funded. A number of high-rise buildings along the routes had also been approved for construction.
By April 2014 two of the routes were under construction, with the first station near to completion. The first two lines were expected to be operational by the end of March or the beginning of April 2015. The Sangvi-Kiwale corridor (earlier named as Aundh-Ravet corridor) was thrown open to public on 5th September, 2015.
The system will when completed comprise eight routes with a total length of 112 km, with improved street lighting and passenger facilities on the roads used by the system. It will require around 650 buses to operate the complete network. The system will be substantially different from that in neighbouring Pune, with wider roads and grade separation allowing a more substantial network to be constructed.
The buses and bus stops alike are integrated via the Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) which enable travellers to know the ETA of the bus. The bus stops and the buses are equipped with automatic doors, that open when they are in close proximity. The bus-stops are easily accessible by a low-gradient ramp on one end. Signals are being installed near the bus stops to enable pedestrians to cross the road.
- Nigdi - Dapodi.
- Sangvi - Kiwale (earlier called Aundh - Ravet): 14.2 km. First route to be operational.
- Nashik Phata - Wakad.
- Kalewadi Phata - Dehu.
- Pune BRTS Routes in Pimpri Chinchwad
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- "Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation advised to go slow on BRTS plan". Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- Rapid transit system on slow track - Pune - The Times Of India
- PM News Bureau (October 12, 2009). "Pimpri-Chinchwad BRTS cost overrun". Projects Monitor. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- Soon, high-rise buildings for Pimpri-Chinchwad Indian Express
- Steady Progress on the Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad BRT
- PCMC to start BRT service next year
- BRTS in Pune different from Pimpri-Chinchwad's - Pune - News | News Syndication