Lahore may choose to emulate Indian Bus Rapid Transit System over Istanbul’s

The very first BRTS corridor, 32 km in length in Lahore may bear Ahmedabad’s footprint, according to a report published in the Times of India. This Rs 22 million project in Pakistan is supposed to set a benchmark for the mass transit network in Pakistan.
CEO of the urban unit of Lahore Nasir Javed, , who was in Ahmedabad to take part in the Asia BRTS conference, a few days ago claimed that his department had been studying 10 different BRT systems across the world and that initially the officers found Istanbul city BRTS model inTurkey as a suitable option.

The first plan rendered by the Lahore BRTS is based on the Istanbul model. The construction on the corridor had begun in February this year.

But after going through the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, BRT model Javed now prefers to implement the Ahmedabad BRTS in Lahore. Guruprasad Mohapatra , municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad told TOI a few days ago that for the past few months urban transport experts from Karachi and Lahore had been interacting with his team over e-mail.

“The Ahmedabad BRTS is a product of interaction between an institution and a civic authority.

The transport system was conceptualized after taking many stakeholders into confidence.” Javed said that planners from Lahore will be consulting the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University which had designed the Ahmedabad BRTS. By the end of this year Ahmedabad BRTS will operationalise a total of 85 km corridor.
Metro Bus route to be sprayed for dengue: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has constituted a team assigned with regularly spraying anti-mosquito chemicals at the under-construction sites of Metro Bus System.
Headed by LDA Director Metropolitan Planning, , the team would spray daily on all under construction sites to prevent Dengue larva from breeding. Digging upto 45 meters deep in the ground to install pillars requires a continuous supply of water for softening the earth. Water is supplied around the clock to these sites through pumps.