Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Over 60 lakh vehicles on Bengaluru roads, and counting

The Hindu: "These statistics validate a study, ‘Urban mobility trends in Indian cities and its implications’ (published in Developing Country Perspectives on Public Service Delivery), which noted an “alarming” shift towards private vehicles in Bengaluru, as also the highest growth in the use of cars and two-wheelers."

Monday, May 9, 2016

How much energy is spent just managing traffic jams?

Times of India : "Traffic officials said their control room closely monitors traffic across the city. "We have a digital map that shows the city roads, including interior stretches," said a senior traffic official. "The minute we see congestion at any point, we alert the nearest officer to rush to the spot," he said."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Motor vehicles choking Srinagar, Kashmir

Kashmir Life : "Compliant with the appeal of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for carpooling to minimize traffic congestion, the students and management of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar Saturday decided to use bicycles and carpooling in and around valley’s premier medical school."

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Delhi ready to try anything except fare-free buses

Hindustan Times: "“We build flyovers, we make signal-free stretches and we ask people to cross the road using overhead walk bridges or underground subways. We discourage them from walking and crossing the road, giving primacy to cars instead of public transport. In most developed countries.., it is people first and cars last,” she says.
The successive governments seem not to have understood the close relation between public transport and lowering pollution, she says.
Other experts agree.
“Delhi needs to improve its transport system...The commuters need to have some incentive to give up their private vehicles and a well-connected and hassle free public transport will act as that,” said PK Sarkar, head of department (transport and planning) at School of Planning and Architecture."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Maharashtra: Free bus pass for disabled, 50% fare for senior citizens

The Indian Express: "Mayor Snehal Ambekar, who belongs to the Shiv Sena, has asked the civic administration to work on the modalities to issue the free passes to the disabled people and the passes with 50 per cent concessions to senior citizens.
As per 2011 census, there are 12 lakh elderly people in the city and 21 per cent among them, live below the poverty line."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

#Climatechange heat literally killing people in India, but #freetransit is "too expensive."

South China Morning Post: "India is in the grips of a monstrous pre-monsoon heatwave that has killed more than 160 people in recent weeks. The majority of the deaths have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but soaring temperatures have compounded ongoing drought and water shortages across the country and threaten to impact as many as 330 million people, according to figures the Indian government reported to the Supreme Court."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Odd-even scam exposed, that leaves #freepublictransport as the solution

Quartz: "Kejriwal, supposedly the common man’s representative, uses a Toyota Innova paid for by tax payers. He is concerned about something. And that’s not pollution. It is to appear to be reducing pollution.
Headlines matter, don’t they?
The chief minister was only too happy that you loved his odd-even formula, even though for other reasons. After all, he had finally managed to win over the car-owning middle class, a segment that was not exactly kicked about his Aam Admi Party (AAP)."