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Deccan Herald - Bangalore, 12 March, 2014   Rasheed Kappan, BANGALORE, Mar 12, 2014, DHNS: Global urban mobility expert roots for a pedestrian, cyclist-friendly Bangalore. In the last one year, 3.8 million cars were added to Indian roads. If each car occupies a 10-metre parking space, these additional vehicles will require 38,000 kilometres just to park! In the last one year, 3.8 million cars were added to Indian roads. If each car occupies a 10-metre parking space, these additional vehicles will require 38,000 kilometres just to park! “This is 18 times the distance between Bangalore and Delhi. Do you have that kind of money and space to promote even more congestion? Isn’t it time the governments frankly told its citizens that public transport, cycling and walking are the only viable... Read More
Auto Car Professional - 11 March, 2014     The second edition of ConnectKaro, the national conclave organised by Embarq India in Bangalore on ‘Sustainable Transport’ yesterday, analysed various issues in the road transportation sector including improving vehicle technology and management. Over 200 experts from urban transport, automotive industry and policy makers attended the event. In the opening session titled ‘Sustainable Transport Trends & Opportunities for Indian Cities,” Dr Dario Hidalgo, Head (Research and Practice), Embarq India, said around 20 percent of carbon emissions are from the transport sector worldwide.   If the trend continues, he said the sector would account for 80 percent of total carbon emissions by 2050. Commenting on road accidents, he said, “Around 1.2 million people die in accidents every year (... Read More
Indian Express - Bangalore, 11 March, 2014   Coming up with a master plan is not enough for the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to meet the growing demands of the city, P N Sreenivasachary, Principal Secretary, Transport, said on Tuesday. He noted that every civic agency such as BESCOM, BMTC and BWSSB should have long term plans on how they plan to meet the demands of the city. He was speaking at a two-day workshop, Connect Karo, organised by EMBARQ India.    Coming down heavily on previous comprehensive development plans (CDP), Sreenivasachari noted that, “CDPs are just gazette orders decorating government offices. They do not even indicate whether the land earmarked for a particular plan is required or will even benefit. He observed that mobility issues in the city were caused by numerous problems ranging from building bye-law violations, apathetic attitudes in local governing bodies, and so on. He also stressed on the need to... Read More
The Hindu - 5 April, 2014   Public transport should be of high quality, terminals should be accessible by bicycles, and vehicular emissions should be low, says Colombian city planner. Dario Hidalgo could be a synonym for sustainable transport. An urban planner, a transport engineer and an environmental expert, Hidalgo from Colombia is known world over for his expertise in designing sustainable transport for cities and advising urban planning around them. Holding a doctorate in Transportation Planning from Ohio State University (U.S.), he has been the brain behind transport and development projects in China, Turkey, Thailand, Brazil, and several countries in Africa. He is also advising the BRTS in Ahmedabad. Currently he is the Director, Research & Practice at EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Centre for Sustainable Transport at Bogota, Colombia. He spoke to M.A. Siraj on issues in urban transportation for The Hindu Habitat... Read More
A blog post by Muralidhar Rao - 13 March, 2014   My essential takeaways from "ConnectKaro" (workshop co-hosted by Embarq India, and World Resource Institute's centre for sustainable transport in India, in collaboration with DULT, on the 10th & 11th March):   A) The talk by Mr J P Gupta, IAS, Commissioner for Transport, Govt of Gujarat, in the opening session, was the highlight of the event as far as I was concerned. He stated that the biggest problem facing the bus transport servivces sector was the messed up licensing and regulatory regime prevailing in the country. Elaborating further, he stated that over 80% of the buses operated by the private players (almost across the country) are licensed as "contract carriages", whereas they operate as "stage carriages" in open violation of the relevant rules. And, it is not as if the government operators can meet the demand if the private players are not there. Very clearly,... Read More