Saturday, January 30, 2016

There should be no such thing as free vehicle area

The Indian Express: "When we buy land, we pay for every square metre. Unfortunately, this isn’t so for a vehicle. When we buy a vehicle, we may pay a lot for registration, road tax, fuel taxes, etc. However, most of these charges are only indirectly and imprecisely linked to the vehicle’s area, and some not at all. The root cause of congestion is that we aren’t made to pay for the precise area we occupy. There should be no such thing as free vehicle area. "

Friday, January 29, 2016

Public transport high on ‘smart’ Bhubaneswar’s wishlist

The Indian Express: "“In all our polls, pubic transport emerged as the major issue with it securing 32 per cent of the votes. We have now around 100 buses rolling inside the municipal area. We plan to increase to 400 in next 4 years with provision of night service buses. The focus will be on making people use public transport more,” he said."

Friday, January 15, 2016

Public transport a better solution than odd-even scheme

business-standard : "Congestion came down temporarily. This was an inevitable positive outcome of the experiment but in the long-term decongestion too would require overhauling public transport. "

Thursday, January 14, 2016

'Investment in Public Transport Can Help Resolve Traffic Woes'

The New Indian Express: "BENGALURU:  Traffic woes of a city like Bengaluru cannot be resolved without serious investment and focus on public transport mechanisms in the city."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

‘Car-free Day’ on Jan 6, opt for a bicycle instead

Hindustan Times: "Taking cue from Delhi to reduce pollution and decongest city roads, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam will cycle to work and several senior judges and government officials will opt for carpooling to observe January 6 as a “car-free day”.
Speaking to HT, DC Roojam said, “Though a symbolic effort, I will go to work on Wednesday on a bicycle to spread the larger message of a traffic-free city that relies primarily on public transport, walking or cycling. Traffic has increased manifold in the city, and we all must give up our vehicles wherever possible.
...“A bicycle or two-wheeler takes almost negligible space as compared to a four-wheeler that uses approximately 10 feet of space on the road. Therefore, opting out of travelling in cars would not only decrease pollution but also decongest the city roads,” Virk added.”"

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Allahabad: Poor public transport

The Indian Express: "Diesel city: As many as 7,000 new vehicles get registered every month. Experts say the worst offenders are the three-wheelers, which function as the main mode of transport in the city. All of them run on diesel. There are only 125 buses run by the municipal corporation. "