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BRTS Indore
Published in Elsevier
Pages: 1 - 40

The city of Indore, a commercial hub of Madhya Pradesh province of India through a SPV, Atal Indore City Transport Service Ltd. (AICTSL), initiated the development of BRTS on a PPP (public-private partnership) model in 2007. It invited partnerships with private parties for bus operators, construction and other services to induct iBus (BRT buses) on specific routes. Prior to 2007, the city was reeling under poor traffic conditions with a modest road infrastructure, erratic traffic and pitiful public transportation. BRTS was launched to enhance city roads, improve traffic conditions and encourage the public to use public transportation and reduce reliance on private vehicles. However, the corridor infrastructure work was delayed and even after the launch of BRT buses in 2013, controversies further played spoil sport. Congestion increased at crossovers and common lanes and numerous road fatalities steered public interest litigations that questioned the very design and purpose of the BRTS. A court verdict allowing four wheelers to use the lane that was envisioned exclusively for BRTS and a review the traffic conditions and corridor configurations was a major obstacle for bringing a world class sustainable public transportation system to Indore.

This case provides an interesting setting to study various aspects of development, structuring, financing, feasibility and viability of the BRTS. The case highlights various issues faced by managers and regulators handling city transportation projects.

This case would be suitable for courses on project financing, public-private partnerships, infrastructure financing for modules related to transportation and infrastructure financing or structuring PPP for graduates and executive program levels.

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