Monday, December 7, 2009

One-Ways on FC and JM roads - But who'll think of the pedestrians?

Three-and-half-months later, the one-ways on FC and JM roads continue to be nightmare experiences for hundred of citizens road conditions are still highly unsafe, while the lack of measures for pedestrian safety has only aggravated, with accidents just waiting to happen at any time.
It's especially a helpless situation for pedestrians, including women and elders, as they cross the road in the extreme risk of being hit by a zooming two-wheeler or a four-wheeler. The situation has become all the more worse after the removal of the road dividers. Absence of proper zebra crossings, lane markings and road signages are the reason why people find it difficult to cross the road safely.

To read more, please, visit The Times of India

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PMC set to roll out work on final development of JM, FC roads

Now that the authorities have embarked upon the task of removing the dividers on Jangli Maharaj (J M Road) and Fergusson College (F C Road) roads, the PMC and the traffic police have made plans to have enough space for all types of road users.

A dedicated bus lane on the extreme left of the road, a walking promenade and a cycle track at the other end and motor-vehicle lanes in the centre is what the road will have in a couple of months.

To read more, please, visit The Times of India

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Traffic Trouble: Training for officials to come up with new ideas

With traffic and transportation problems affecting cities in a big way, transport officials of local civic bodies as well those as from other key departments of the state will now receive training for coming up with effective solutions in the long run.
The solutions offered so far have been in the form of road widening, constructing flyovers, improving public transport planning for metro and so on. Such measures, according to the Urban Development ministry, have a limited impact and cannot serve the purpose of improving mobility in urban areas on a sustainable basis.

It has stated that improving overall mobility requires several other measures to be undertaken in a co-ordinated manner. Some of the measures include improved integration of land use and transport planning and integration of public transport systems. The capability for undertaking such a co-ordinated approach to improving mobility and a complete understanding of such issues is lacking at the state or city level, the letter states.

Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, which are among the JNNURM mission cities, would be part of this scheme proposed by the Union Urban Development Ministry, which will also focus on setting up the Urban Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) and urban transport cell.

Besides educating key officials, the ministry will help local bodies as well as the UMTA and transport cell to develop manuals, codes and standards related to transport.

To read more, please, visit The Times of India

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

3 years on, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) still to gain momentum

Launched as a pilot project in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad as an answer to cities' ever-growing traffic problems, the ambitious Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project has raised more questions then answers. The progress in all the three cities has indeed been very slow.

In Pune, according to civic officials, over 90 per cent of the work on BRTS, with features footpaths and cycle tracks, has been completed. The work on having proper bus-shelters, buses with ITS-enabled facilities has not been completed though.

The pilot project on the Katraj-Swargate-Hadapsar route, travelling a distance of 13.6 kms, was launched with much fanfare on December 3, 2006.

Transport experts have termed the pilot project as merely a dedicated bus lane project. Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations have aleady started planning on 13 BRTS corridors.

Experts in the field of climate change observed that going by the success of the Ahmedabad BRTS, which became operational last month, other cities will be encouraged to take up the project on priority.

Apart from the three cities, the BRTS is presently in the planning and construction stages in neighboring Pimpri-Chinchwad, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Rajkot, Surat, Vishakapatnam and Vijaywada.

To read more, please, visit The Times of India

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