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Urban Transport

Dear all, kindly divorce your car

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2009
With due respect to god, although not omniscient, we the car-driving and personal vehicle-driven are omnipotent.

News 360° - Briefs

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2008
china land reform Policy to double rural earnings

Space crunch

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008

Bus body

Buses common in India are called "normal ladder type" a body built on a truck chassis. An integral body-chassis type, called monochoque, is replacing this. Cost addition Rs 4 lakh. An in-between option is being used by cities like Ahmedabad and also in the Volvo buses of Bangalore.

Urbanizing the ride

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
Bus makers and transport companies in an unformed market The city bus wants to change, it wants to keep step with the times. The question is: can the business reinvent itself and make city buses that are convenient and affordable? Till now, buses in India have been trucks, literally. Taking the chassis designed for heavy-duty trucks, bus builders--largely in the small and unorganized sector--assemble a body on top. The city bus is inimical to comfort; it certainly has no glamour.

Bus stop

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
Government has made state bus companies unprofitable, pricing the bus off city roads

Pick your fix

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
A range of financial options to choose from City buses need to be affordable as well as comfortable and efficient. It is well known that bus operations would cost anywhere between Rs 20 per km and Rs 50 per km, depending on the cost of the bus and its operating cost (particularly fuel efficiency and staff). Who will pay this cost?

Motorized, stuck

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
Transport in Indian cities headed the wrong way: ministry After a gap of 14 years, the Union Ministry of Urban Development commissioned a study on the state of transport in Indian cities. The data showed Indian cities sinking deeper into a spiral of congestion and air pollution--public transport showed a decline across the country as private automobiles replaced non-motorized transport like bicycles.

Pay and park

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2008
in the face of stiff opposition from consumer forums, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (nmc) has approved four of the 72 proposed pay-and-park zones.

Feasibility study for Mumbai BRTS to begin soon

Author(s): Nidhi Jamwal
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2008
mumbai is gearing up for the bus rapid transit system (brts). An eight-month-long feasibility study will begin in June. Faced with an "unmanageable" private traffic, the city hopes public transport will be welcome change. Transport consultant Sudhir Badami says that between 1951 and 2001, the road length in Mumbai has increased by 127 per cent and motorized vehicles have grown by 3,019 per cent.
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