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)."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pune cars subsidized with cheap parking

Times of India: "Nearly half the population in Pune city alone (about 35 lakh as per Census 2011) uses two-wheelers or cars, according to a report compiled by the urban development ministry. The study blamed low parking charges for the preference to personal vehicles."

Monday, April 4, 2016

Children play in the street on #Carfree Sundays

The Hindu: "Though the annual examinations were not yet over for some, children were out on the road early in the morning with their cycles, bats, balls, frisbee, skipping ropes, and chalks. Seven-year-old Nila was enjoying with her friends and ball, a group of children was happy getting caricatured, and for some it was just an opportunity to meet friends and take a walk. It was also a special birthday for Hidanya as she cut the birthday cake at the sixth week of Car-Free Sundays."

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Delhi Govt Holds Sixth Car-Free Day

outlookindia: "Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who participated in the programme, said people should use public transport instead of their personal vehicles once every month.

The Delhi transport department holds a car-free day on the 22nd of every month in different areas to encourage people to use public transport."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In India, #carfree days expose the lack of good #publictransit

The Hindu: "But with little being done by the government to build infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and improve public transport, a debate has begun on whether the event has been reduced to just another monthly ritual like Raahgiri."

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Poor #publictransit in Pakistan is intentional aid to auto industry

The Express Tribune: "These incentives are likely to persuade foreign manufacturers to establish a footprint in Pakistan, where a sizeable demand exists, helped by low oil prices, availability of cheap financing and lack of an efficient public transport system. "