Monday, November 10, 2014

Urban planners can't figure out traffic mess. Stop planning. Make buses free.

We've had enough planning. Make buses free and people will show you what the needs are.

Hindustan Times: "Though city-based transport authorities have commissioned various modes of public transport and infrastructure projects recently such as the Santacruz-Chembur link road, eastern freeway, metro and mono rail, none of them have inspired enough enthusiasm in passengers to switch over from suburban trains or private cars, to transport systems like the metro and monorail, transport experts present at the event pointed out."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Carfree cities

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Govt to create fund to promote public transport

Zee News: "New Delhi: Delhi government has decided to establish an urban transport fund to promote public transport and its use in a bid to tackle the rising pollution levels in the national capital.
One rupee cess shall be imposed on purchase of every packet of cigarette and every bottle of liquor for the purpose, a Delhi government official said Friday.

The government has also decided to introduce 8 coaches in 129 metro trains by March 2017. So far, only 58 metro trains run with 8 coaches."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Efficient public transport: Has Delhi missed the bus?

Hindustan Times: "“Delhi needs a high-frequency high-capacity bus system. There should be about 14,000-15,000 buses on road by 2021. Bus stands should be within a walking distance of mere five minutes from all areas. Bus frequency should be a maximum of 2-3 minutes in peak hours and 5 minutes during off-peak hours,” said Ashok Bhattacharjee, advisor, CSE and former director of Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC)."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#energywars - India to get gas from Russia

India eyes $40-bn pipeline from Russia to import gas - Hindustan Times: "In a move aimed at ensuring India’s energy security, the Narendra Modi-led government plans to import huge volumes of natural gas from Russia. The Centre is working out the contours of a $40-billion (Rs 2.4 lakh-crore) mega onland pipeline project carrying gas from Russia to India, in one of India’s biggest energy projects till date. "