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Transportation


‘Getting Urban Transport on Track’ By Jaya Raj, New Delhi


India’s urban transportation sector is at the crossroads of development. While the need of the hour is a fully integrated solution for transportation at the city level, a support- ing eco-system to successful implementation must be also developed to complement the large opportunities, accord- ing to the FICCI-KPMG Report released at the India Urban Transport Summit 2012 organ- ized in New Delhi on May 25.


The Report underlined that “coordination between state, central and local bodies, strong legislation, financing and well planned transpor- tation solution will only aid continued growth and making living a lot easier for India’s urban population”.


India is undergoing rapid urbanization, and public trans-


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portation has a key role to play in sustaining it. By 2030, the size of the population living in the cities of the country would be 600 million. To bridge the huge gaps in availability of public transport in the country, investments to the tune of 4 trillion rupees are needed in the 12th five year plan alone.


Historically, transportation solutions in India’s cities have been implemented more on an ad hoc basis rather than as holistically planned, fully func- tional systems. The legacy of transpiration systems handed down to cities like Bombay and Calcutta by the British Raj are in dire need of overhaul and up-gradation. Indian cities are thirsting for intelligent and wholly integrated transporta- tion solutions that provide long haul, short haul and last minute connectivity. As cities


continue to grow, the scale of transportation requirements will only increase, requiring mass transit solutions such as bus rapid transit and metro solutions.


As India’s middle class’ pro- pensity to opt for personal transportation solutions in- creases, there is a need for a world-class, efficient and self- sustaining public transporta- tion system in India’s cities.


The National Urban Transpor- tation Policy unveiled by the centre provides the guidelines for successful development of urban mass transit solutions. That is a step in the right di- rection. But follow-ups should come in.


The central and state govern- ments have started taking several measures towards fa-


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