Friday, June 5, 2015

Congress Wants AAP Government to Declare Public Transport Day

The New Indian Express: "NEW DELHI: Congress today suggested that Aam Aadmi Party government promote 'World Environment Day' as 'Public Transport Day' and appealed to Delhi ministers and officials to avail facilities such as Metro and DTC buses to encourage use of mass transit."


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pakistani capital to have modern metro-bus public transport

Shanghai Daily: "Chief Minister of the country's eastern province of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, said that the landmark project is ready to provide service to public and it will be inaugurated later this week.

"The projects will offer honorable, punctual and reliable transport service to common man with cheap ticket costing 20 rupees (0.20 U.S. dollar) and will save commuters' time," said the chief minister, whose province equally shared the project with Islamabad's Capital Development Authority.

A total of 68 red color central air-conditioned buses, manufactured in China, will provide service to passengers on a route of 23 kilometers between Islamabad and its sister city of Rawalpinidi, one of the major cities of eastern Punjab province."

Friday, May 29, 2015

India's heatwave is now so hot it causes the roads to MELT

Daily Mail Online: "India's killer heatwave is now so hot it causes the roads to MELT: Death toll soars above 1,100 and people are told to stay indoors as crisis continues"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Despite metro, Noida reels under poor public transportation system

hindustantimes : "When Noida got the Metro rail service nearly a decade after neighbouring Delhi got one, the locals thought it would end their travel miseries. It has certainly provided a comfortable connectivity between Noida and Delhi. But it has failed to address the issue of last mile connectivity as the commuters have to still rely on unsafe auto-rickshaws for reaching the Metro station or way back home.

In the absence of a reliable public transport, commuters board private buses at their own risk. “They wait for long for passengers to board them until they are filled up completely. Then to make for lost time, they drive rash,” said Het Ram, a resident of Barola."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

‘Strengthen public transport to reduce congestion’

The Hindu: "There is a growing body of opinion that road-widening was a short-term solution for traffic congestion as the gains would be neutralised in a matter of months in the wake of increasing vehicle population in the city, argued Mr. Vombatkere calling for a wider and comprehensive discussion on the subject."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Money for clean air, but not being used

The Times of India: "If the money had been put into public transport, at least a few hundred much-needed buses would have been plying in the city by now. Alternatively, about 20 km of integrated road with pedestrian walkway and cycle tracks could have been built, considering that each km of integrated road costs about Rs 10 to 12 crore, according to experts. "

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city, Delhi

BBC News: "Our reading for these minute, carcinogenic particles, which penetrate the lungs, entering straight into the blood stream - is a staggering 215 - 21 times recommended limits. And that's better than it's been all winter.
Until a few weeks ago, PM 2.5 levels rarely dipped below 300, which some here have described as an "air-pocalypse".
Like the rest of the world, those of us in Delhi believed for years that Beijing was the world's most polluted city.
But last May, the World Health Organization announced that our own air is nearly twice as toxic."