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."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kashmir road accidents -- deadly as "terrorism"

GreaterKashmir.com: "Jammu, Apr 12: Around 19,845 road accidents in last three years have claimed 3267 lives in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years, 120 of them in the first two months of this year.
Around 27,544 people have been injured. "

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Impact of public transport on Delhi

The Hindu: "One of the major reasons for the fall in road accidents in the last decade coincides with the metro gradually becoming the principal artery of public transport"

Monday, February 23, 2015

Delhi air unbreathable

hindustantimes : "The eight million vehicles on Delhi’s roads are not just clogging up the city. They are taking a deathly toll. But the government’s clean-up strategy has so far remained on paper, mainly because it focuses too much on long-term, capital-intensive solutions."