THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
29 May 2017
Economy : Transport
ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
A misplaced emphasis on highways?

The government continues with its blind focus on highways and expressways when infrastructure for water supply, waste management and mass transit system is in desperate need of attention. Kannan Kasturi says there is more to public infrastructure than just highways and expressways.

Government

TRANSPORT POLLUTION
Old or new, cars must make way for buses The ban on old diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR is just a first step towards addressing the grave levels of air toxicity in the region, but a well-designed BRTS could go a long way in achieving the real end. Darryl D’Monte compiles notes from a recent conference.
Environment opinions Urban Environment
HIGHWAY TOLLS
Why Fadnavis mustn't be soft on motorists Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, urging him to reduce toll posts in the state, may just encourage the state further to execute its plan of exempting private cars and SUVs from such charges. Darryl D’Monte argues why that is entirely unjustifiable.
Urban Cities OP-ED MAHARASHTRA
MUMBAI DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Who will benefit from the ‘Manhattanisation’ of Mumbai? The Mumbai municipal authorities have delivered a draft 20-year development plan for the city, but implementation of many of the proposals therein could well deliver the final blow to a city already gasping for breath, says Darryl D’Monte.
Urban Cities Government MAHARASHTRA
VEHICULAR AIR POLLUTION
Will banning older vehicles clean the air in Delhi? Is modernisation of transport the sole answer to air pollution problems in Delhi? In view of the NGT's proposed ban on older vehicles on the streets of Delhi, Sarath Guttikunda draws attention to several problems that need to be addressed for a healthier environment in the NCR.
Environmental Hazards Environment opinions Urban Environment
METRO FARES
Will passengers have to bear the burden of Mumbai Metro? Even before the first line of the much-anticipated Mumbai Metro becomes functional, a number of issues have cropped up, most notably one over the pricing of tickets. Darryl D’Monte tracks the arguments, with comparisons to metro rail elsewhere.
Cities Economy MAHARASHTRA
LIVEABLE CITIES
On the right track, but miles to go In March this year, Gil Penalosa of the Toronto-based NGO 8-80 Cities spoke in Mumbai and Bangalore of his global vision for liveable cities. Concluding his coverage of Penalosa’s talk, Darryl D’Monte explains why, despite a few isolated efforts, India requires a giant leap in initiative and attitudes to realise that vision.
Urban Economy
URBAN MOBILITY
Our streets are meant for walking: Gil Penalosa Gil Penalosa is an indefatigable evangelist for public transport, constantly traversing innumerable cities in the developed and developing world. In the first of a two-part report, Darryl D’Monte details his observations at a Mumbai presentation on streets as public space and the need to make them pedestrian-friendly.
Urban Cities Environment
URBAN PLANNING
Can Bangalore’s planners solve its commuter woes? The need for integrating land use with mobility has never been fully addressed within the profusion of plans for Bangalore. The revision of the Master Plan for 2031 may provide a good opportunity to develop a comprehensive mobility strategy, says Shrimoyee Bhattacharya and Sujaya Rathi.
Urban Economy
ROAD ECONOMICS
For whom the tolls rile From lumpen political elements to the courts, various parties have, in their own ways, come out against toll plazas along different highways in the country, but Darryl D’Monte makes a strong case for collection of charges from motorists.
Public Funds Economy
CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
New body should have better pay, more autonomy Poor compensation could be the key reason behind the DGCA’s inability to attract and retain technical personnel, says the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. PRS Legislative Research summarises the Committee’s report which advocates better pay and more independence for the proposed new authority.
Government Laws
VISION DEFICIT
The strange case of ICTT Vallarpadam A PPP project, hailed as a milestone in logistic infrastructure development at the time of launch shows scant growth three years later, costing the Cochin Port trust dearly in the process. P N Venugopal throws light on all that has gone wrong with it.
Public Funds Economy Kerala
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
What constrains our social enterprises? Enterprises that seek to address socio-economic problems through focused business models could make significant impact with a little more support. Seema S Hegde discusses an example from Bangalore, and explains how the state and big business often fail to recognise that.
Livelihood Urban Economy
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