外文标题：Chinese expert finds flaws in Ahmedabad BRTS
AHMEDABAD: Commuters who curse BRTS for causing traffic jams in peak hours have just had their woes echoed by a senior senior Chinese urban transport and planning official. Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi portraying BRTS as the best traffic system for the country, the Chinese official says it has several shortcomings that compound traffic misery in Ahmedabad.
Xue Bo, who has over 17 years of experience in public transport and planning in Shenzhen city of southern China's Guangdong province, says, "We can't have a transport system on the middle of a street without significant expansion of the road."
"In China, we've BRTS in 20 cities, but we developed a research and development strategy for low-carbon transport modes in Shenzhen... Also, we didn't design BRTS to congest roads. A good transport system should ease traffic woes not escalate them," adds Xue, head of Shenzhen Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Design Institute.
He says, "On some routes in Ahmedabad, I've noticed BRTS has been expanded at the cost pedestrians and cyclists. Though Ahmedabad BRTS is impressive, it has to travel a long way in matching the level of its Chinese counterparts."
Xue presided over more than 100 urban transport research projects, including the Shenzhen municipal public transport planning and 12th five-year plan of public transport. He says, "India should plan business buses on express routes to give respite to office-goers. In China, these buses have fewer stops and target private car owners."
In 2013, a report by Cept University for United Nations Environment Programme had also highlighted several shortcomings in implementation of BRTS. The report had stated that though the government planned BRTS for common passengers, higher fares have made the common man opts for municipal buses. The report had also stated that broken railings on BRTS corridors allow stray animals into the lane.