Monday, December 10, 2007

Sujit Patwardhan of Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum questions Pune Municipal Corporation's sudden interest in the monorail project

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is looking at the monorail as a possible solution to the city's traffic problems.

Pravinsinh Pardeshi, Pune Municipal Commissioner, says that monorail would be cost-effective and easy to implement as compared to other modes of transport.

On November 12, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had brought out a 'request for qualification' (RFQ) for the Mumbai and Pune projects.

According to the news in The Times of India, Pune:

"The response to the RFQ was good and some multinational companies have shown their interest in implementing the monorail project in PMA," a state government, requesting anonymity, said. "Prominent among them is Malaysia-based Scomi Group Bhd which has developed the latest monorail — Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application (SUTRA) — that scores high on capacity and safety."

Indian companies like Reliance have sought the database of Pune to explore the possibility of implementing the monorail in Pune. "Some companies from Japan have also approached the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for the database," said additional city engineer Shrinivas Bonala.
However, traffic activist, Sujit Patwardhan, Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum, demands public debate on this issue. I am sure , we all agree with him on this point. PMC should explain what the monorail would mean to the city and how it would solve the city's traffic problems.

Don't you think that PMC has already messed up the city's traffic and transportation?

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