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Urban Transport

The Last Car

A senior citizen tram waiting for renovation at Nonapukur workshop. Calcutta tramway network is over 130 year old. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera

The Last Car

Long queues for tramways run buses at the esplanade terminus. Calcutta Tramways Company introduced bus service on the pretext to increase revenues and ended up with an additional Rs 10 crore in operating losses every year. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera

The Last Car

With zero investments in modernization, trams still run on 40s technology while fuel guzzlers choke city roads. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera

The Last Car

While all major European and south East Asian cities revived their tram networks based on sound economic logic, Kolkata overlooked its advantages: zero pollution, up to 70 years of service life, high speed on dedicated tracks and an unbeatable record of passenger safety. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera

The Last Car

Once the lifeline of public transport, 32 kilometers of tram tracks are now either closed down or temporarily suspended. Passenger associations demand more buses as replacement. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera  

The Last Car

The lone traveler on an evening tram is the conductor himself with the proverbial monkey cap on. After Kolkata trams lost its reserved tracks in 2006, passengers find it difficult to board trams plying on the middle of the road. Read full story: Tram to oblivion Photographs and Captions by: Sayantan Bera

Letters

Issue Date: May 15, 2010
Farmers’ fundamental right We must have the right to decide whether we want to eat Bt brinjal (‘Don’t make a mash of it’, February 16-28, 2010). Similarly, farmers should also have the right to decide what food to grow since they will be affected the most. Why just Bt brinjal, farmers will be affected adversely by any genetically modified (GM) crop. Such crops will steal their freedom of choosing seeds.

Our little understood urban dystopia

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2010
OUR understanding of Indian cities— their history, geography, sociology, politics— is seriously limited. At the time of its Independence, India was primarily a rural country. The government invested heavily in understanding rural India.

Real estate funds Metro

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2010
Computing profit and loss of Metro projects is tricky. Such projects all over the world are known for running into a loss. These capital-intensive projects cost between Rs 110 crore and 210 crore per km of elevated corridors.

Coaches are overcrowded

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2010
Metro trains in Delhi have four coaches and a maximum capacity of 1,400 commuters. The frequency of trains ranges from 5 minutes during peak hours to 25 minutes on some corridors. Overcrowding is turning out to be a major problem, primarily during rush hour.
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