GIS - 12 November, 2015: The Rose Hill Transport Smart Line Pilot Project was launched by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha this morning at the Municipality of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill.
In his address, the Minister hammered home Government’s message that the country cannot have a land transport system which does not answer to the expectations and the needs of the population. Deploring that the public transport system in Mauritius has not changed over the last fifty years, Minister Bodha stated that the bus transport system today has become the last resort, where Mauritians take the bus because there is no other solution.
“We need a system which will be sophisticated, modern, cost effective, and timely because transportation is one of the key elements for any country to achieve progress,” he stressed. According to Minister Bodha, the best way to address the road congestion problem, other than by enhancing infrastructure on which the Government is sparing no efforts, is to have a better public transport system.
Highlighting that public transport needs to become a natural first choice, Mr Bodha announced that the National Transport Corporation (NTC) will be launching a similar smart line project on line 4 between Quatre Bornes and Curepipe soon, pending the arrival of 20 new semi-low floor buses in December. He also affirmed that the NTC is in the process of renewing its fleet with the introduction of some 500 hundred buses expected over the next five years.
Deeming the current bus terminals as ‘parking for buses on prime land at the centre of the city and towns’, Mr Bodha reiterated Government’s vision for the re-engineering of the town and country planning of the cities. “Victoria Square will be transformed into a proper urban station,” he said, “with buses and taxis, food courts, shops and hawkers, parking facilities and even administrative offices.” He added that Immigration Square will be next, followed by the remodelling of Jan Palach Bus Station in Curepipe, and eventually Cardinal Margeot Square in Rose Hill. “We will give back the city to pedestrians and to the citizens,” he underlined.
Commending the Rose Hill Transport initiative, the Minister stated that he was pleased to see the beginning of the transformation of the public transport system. The Rose Hill Transport Smart Line Pilot Project includes the introduction of an android application known as the Trip Planner which can be downloaded from Google, as well as electronic information displays in bus shelters which aim at decreasing long waiting time at the bus stop and will enable users to plan their trips more effectively.
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