Saturday, December 13, 2008

World Bank to help improve Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited

Having agreed to work with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to assess projects like the metro and the mono rail as well as offering Rs 100 crore for non-motorised transport initiatives, the World Bank (WB) has now decided to also help improve the civic public transport facilities

How to bring about qualitative changes in the public transport facilities?

On a routine day, the transport body runs 1,050 buses.

It is unable to put more vehicles on the road because this is the maximum number of buses available with them and also because around 200 have to be spared for routine maintenance on rotation.

While PMPML authorities admit there is a shortage of buses around 500 to be precise they do not have the financial resources to buy new ones.

Considering that the population of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the two cantonment areas and the fringe areas is around 42 lakh, there is definite need of 1,700 buses.

However, over the last six months, the only addition has been of 162 buses taken on lease.

The PMC and PMPML officials made a presentation to the WB representatives and discussed about the possibility of a loan for improving the civic transport.

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PMPML AT A GLANCE

Total number of buses: 1,260

Operational fleet: 1,050

Total kms covered daily: 2.4 lakh

Number of passengers daily: 8.3 lakh

Total number of routes: 260

Daily average earning: Rs 60 lakh

Daily average expenditure: Rs 75 lakh

Daily losses: Over Rs 15 lakh

Expenditure per km per bus: Rs 37

Earning per km per bus: Rs 27

Number of buses required: Around 1,700

Current gap in number of buses required: 500

The Times of India

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Pune Municipal Corporation to speed up the work on the cycle track along the Bus Rapid Transit System pilot route of Swargate-Katraj-Hadapsar

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to complete the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) pilot route of Swargate-Katraj-Hadapsar and the cycle track by December-end.

World Bank (WB) has decided give Rs 100 crore to the PMC to encourage its non-motorised transport initiatives.

the BRTS and the cycle track on the stretch between Panchami hotel to Laxminarayan theatre will be completed immediately.

Additional city engineer (roads) Vivek Kharwadkar told TOI that the WB delegation was pleased with the civic body's efforts to initiate cycle tracks. "The WB funds would be mainly used for non-motorised transport. We are focusing on cycle tracks along with the BRTS route and hope to complete it soon." The Times of India

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Railways plans to run local trains between Pune and Lonavla every 15 minutes during selected hours

At present, four electric multiple units (EMUs), better known as local trains, shuttle 40 times between Pune and Lonavala every day, catering to about one lakh commuters.

Divisional Railway Manager D K Jain:

“We have drawn up a plan to run local trains between Pune and Lonavla every 15 minutes during selected hours,” says Jain. “During peak hours, in the morning and evening, one train every 15 minutes can be run,” said Jain.

March 31, 2009:

The Central Railway plan, however, hinges on completion of the automatic signalling system and conversion from DC (direct current) system to AC (alternative current).

“Compared to AC, DC system is less efficient, as there is extra energy consumption. DC system is maintenance-prone and can't take extra load. On the other hand, AC system is more efficient and scores over DC system on several counts,” says Jain.

Both projects are likely to be completed by March 31 next year.

Between Lonavala and Daund!:

According to Jain, once the automatic signalling and DC-to-AC conversion work are over, they would look at the possibility of completion of electrification work so that local trains could be run directly between Lonavala and Daund. “This might take two years.”

12 coaches:

Also on the cards are more compartments for local trains. “We want to increase the coaches in local trains from nine to 12. A proposal has been sent to the Central Railway general manager in this connection. Since Mumbai now has additional rakes, we are hopeful of getting extra coaches soon,” adds Jain.

"Why not one train every five minutes?"

Harsha Shah, president of the Railway Pravasi Sangh says, “Why 15 minutes? Why not one train every five minutes?”

“If railways have the will, they can do it by rescheduling long distance trains and implementing commuter-specific programmes. If a local train is available every five minutes, I am sure our roads will witness less traffic jams and fewer accidents,” she said.
To read more, please, visit - Express India

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to construct the longest flyover in Pune district near the Empire Estate in Chinchwad

Speaking to TOI, Dilip Kudale, co-ordinator of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) cell, said the civic body has received a sanction from the Union government to build the flyover under this scheme.

The PCMC has received Rs 442.60 crore for developing two Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors one from Nashik phata to Wakad and the second 11.2-km long corridor from Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi.

Kudale said, "The flyover near Empire Estate, on the old Pune-Mumbai highway, is part of the Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor. The total width of this stretch will be 45 metre. Meanwhile, the total length of the flyover will be 1.9 km, while the width will be around 27 metre."

He added, "The flyover will have six lanes and the width of each lane will be 3.5 metre. One lane on each side of the road divider will be marked for BRTS buses. There will be a cycle track on both sides of the flyover, measuring 2.5 metre. There will also be 1.5 metre wide footpath."

The main roads in the township Dehu-Alandi road, old Pune-Mumbai highway, Aundh-Ravet road, Telco road and westerly bypass are in the east-west direction. The Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor will run in the north south direction and connect all these roads.

"The flyover will begin in Kalewadi and cross the Pavana river, Pimpri-Chinchwad link road, Pune-Lonavla railway line and the old Pune-Mumbai highway and end near Autocluster in Chinchwad", said Kudale.

The traffic congestion on the Indira Gandhi flyover in Pimpri is expected to reduce, since people from Kalewadi and nearby areas, who have to cross the railway tracks, and the old Pune-Mumbai highway will use the new flyover.

"The flyover will be built on a 45-metre-wide road as per the Development Plan. Since, the PCMC is in possession of the land, there is no problem of land acquisition," said Kudale.

However, since permission from the railways is necessary to construct a flyover over railway tracks, he said, "We have sent letters to the railways seeking permission. We have also held talks with railway officials in this regard."

"The municipal commissioner has given the go-ahead for inviting tenders for this project. The expected cost of the project is around Rs 80 crore," said Kudale.
-The Times of India

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Railway Protection Force plans to implement an integrated security scheme at Pune railway station

Rs 4.5 crore advanced security system:

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has already erected two bunkers at the Pune railway station and plans to erect four more within a week. Vapour detectors will be installed at major stations to detect presence of bombs.

The integrated security scheme (ISS) plan envisages increasing manpower, putting all entry and exit points under surveillance, erecting security wall around railway stations and using X-Ray machines for checking bags.

The stations will also get close circuit cameras, night vision cameras, cameras with high specifications, well-equipped control rooms, door frame metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors and bomb detection units.

Other safety devices include semi-automatic and automatic weapons, bullet-proof jackets, helmets and sniffer dog squads.

By the end of this financial year, the Pune station will be equipped with all these security gears. To read more, please, visit - Pune station to get Rs 4.5 cr security upgrade

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

KLAUS Multiparking and Automag in JV to set up Pune facility

KLAUS Multiparking Systems, the German leader in mechanized car parking and the Pune-based Automag group, in a 50:50 joint venture project, has set up a manufacturing facility in Pune to produce mechanised parking system sets.




Mr Guenther Siederer, Managing Director, KLAUS Multiparking Systems said that India's explosive growth and rapid urbanization need modern facilities like mechanized car parking system and KLAUS is very happy to partner with AUTOMAG group to set up manufacturing facilities in India. The company provides mechanised to computer aided parking solutions to their customers.

With the number of cars in India all set to increase from the present level of about 1.5 million to 8 million cars by 2020, Nitin Bhave, Managing Director, KLAUS Multiparking Systems India, said that mechanized car parking is emerging as the most ideal solution to the serious problem of car parking in Indian cities. The mechanized car parking also enables optimum usage of space, safety & security of car, savings in fuel and reduces effects of pollution. To read more, please, visit - MACHINIST

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pune-Satara highway, including Katraj-Dehu road bypass now to have six lanes and a few flyovers!

Motorists on the Pune-Satara national highway will soon be able to enjoy the pleasure of driving on a six-lane way. The decision was made, after the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) received as many as 27 bids from private companies to convert the four-lane, 140 km long, Pune-Satara highway into six lanes.

A senior NHAI official said the expansion would also be extended to the Katraj-Dehu road bypass.

In addition, the Rs1,724.55crore project will also include the construction of seven-metre-wide service lanes on both sides of the highway. From 60,000 to one lakh vehicles ply between Pune-Satara daily.

However, an NHAI official said the number of motorists using the Katraj-Dehu road bypass is more than those using the Pune-Satara national highway. To read more, please, visit - DNA

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why India’s Bus Rapid Transit Projects don’t excite me - Dr Adhiraj Joglekar

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as it is currently planned in India is suggested as the one-size-fit-all solution to our transport woes.

Having travelled on Mumbai’s bus service (BEST) for thirty years & London’s public transport since 2001, I can’t share the optimism of those who believe BRT (as it is currently planned) is the way forward.

When senior citizens, children & disabled struggle to cross the roads safely, one would hope for a solution that improves all aspects of mobility.

I wonder why a city like Pune would spend crores of rupees on BRT when 40% of its roads don’t have pavements (see state of Pune pavements here). That almost a third of Pune citizens commute by walking makes the question more poignant.

I have for some time now tried to find an answer to the question. My quest has led me to assess available information on the BRT projects implemented in India’s two cities. My understanding has grown but as have the questions. Our BRT planners unfortunately have overlooked many issues. To read more, please, visit Better Pune

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Monday, November 17, 2008

To discourage private vehicles from congesting roads - increase parking fee and decrease parking duration

PMC civic administration Vs. Civic general body

The civic general body had on October 23 approved the civic administration proposal for charging parking fees. Before giving it the go ahead, the actual proposal was amended.

The civic administration had originally proposed a parking fee of Rs 5 per hour for the first three hours and Rs 10 per hour thereafter for four-wheelers. For two-wheelers, a fee of Rs 2 per hour was proposed.

The general body approved it with the parking fee of Rs 5 per hour and Rs 15 for ten hours, for four-wheelers. This was far less than the original proposal for long duration of parking. For two-wheelers, the charges of Rs 2 per hour were approved, but the general body kept the maximum at a mere Rs 5 for 10 hours.

“The purpose of discouraging private vehicles on roads by increasing parking charges cannot be achieved with the approved proposal. That’s why the civic administration decided to table it again,” a civic officer said.

The move comes on the backdrop of the state government expressing concern over increasing parking problems in urban areas due to rising number of private vehicles.

Activist Sujit Patwardhan of Pune Traffic and Transport Forum (PTTF) expressed shock at the way the proposal was amended. “The changes in the civic administration proposal shows the elected representatives’ lack of understanding of the issue,” he said. Although a parking fee of Rs 2 for two-wheelers was welcome, Patwardhan said the general body decision did not achieve the aim of discouraging private vehicles on the roads.

“The plan to increase ticket charges of Pune Mahanagar Parivan Mahamandal (PMPML) and the low parking fee for private vehicles will encourage more vehicles on the roads,” Patwardhan said.

Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrian First said the general body decision had converted public places into private parking spaces for long durations at a cheaper rate.

“Long duration parking should be discouraged. There should be incremental charges after two hours,” he said. The parking space on city roads is mostly occupied by shopkeepers and their employees which in turn creates inconvenience to the visitors who park for short durations, Inamdar said, alleging that the corporators had taken the decision in the interest of shopkeepers. - Express India

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to take a loan of Rs 350 crore from the Asian Development Bank to start a Bus Rapid Transit System service

Rs 1,300 crore for 6 Routes:

Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma said the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation PCMC has received a letter from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) expressing its willingness to provide the loan for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project.

Sharma said, "The PCMC plans to start the BRTS service on six routes in the township at a total cost of around Rs 1,300 crore. The ADB will extend a loan to cover 25 per cent of the project cost, which comes up to Rs 350 - 400 crore."

Repayment in 15 years:

Explaining the reason for taking the loan, the civic chief said, "Normally, bank loans have to be repaid in seven to eight years. But the ADB's loans can be repaid in 15 years. Further, the PCMC has an AA+ credit rating, which means that we can get bank loans easily."

Social and Environmental impact:

"We will be working out details of the loan amount and the terms and conditions in two weeks. The ADB has appointed a consultant to assess the social and environmental impact of the project, which is expected to be ready in three months. The loan agreement with the ADB will be signed after that," Sharma further said.

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme:

The municipal commissioner explained that the PCMC will seek 60 per cent of the project cost from the union government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme. The civic body will bear the remaining 15 per cent of the expenditure, Sharma stated.

Urban Mass Transit Company Limited:

Sharma said the PCMC will appoint Urban Mass Transit Company Limited to prepare the operational plan for its BRTS project, as had also been done by the PMC.

Reacting to the opposition, Sharma said, "We have taken enough precautions and followed the technical experts' recommendations ensure that the BRTS buses run on the lanes between the concretised portion of the old Pune-Mumbai highway and the service road."

He also reiterated that 42 bus shelters and 15 toilets will be constructed along the old Pune-Mumbai highway on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
-The Times of India

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2) Footpath? My foot!

3) Sunita Narain: Buses and Barack Obama

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Sunita Narain: Buses and Barack Obama

We need to change our policies to get more buses on the roads — in Obamaspeak, we need change we can believe in.

What does the election of Barack Obama as the president of the US have to do with buses in India? A lot, if you think about it. The fact is that Obama has stood for something that he calls ‘change’ — in the way we think and the way we do business. But this is great rhetoric unless we can translate this into practical changes in our everyday lives. And to do this we must understand that change will require changes in our business models and most important changes in the priorities we set for what is essential and what needs to be invested into and how.

Anyone who lives in Indian cities and is crushed under the weight of traffic and pollution will accept that we need a massive transition to public transport. But the fact is that even as we say, we need public transport in our cities the number of buses in each of our towns has gone down and not up. In 1951, one of every 10 vehicles sold in India was a bus, today out of every 100 vehicles sold, one bus makes it on our roads. To read more, please, visit - Business Standard

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Chinese Bicycle Museum officially opens

Largest bicycle museum:

The Chinese Bicycle Museum officially opened to public on October 28.At present, it is the largest bicycle museum in China, and has the most abundant collections.

The museum is located inside the Bazhou Municipal Museum in Hebei province, with an area of 4,000 square meters and has on display about 300 bicycles of different brands from all over the world.

The internationally renowned brand name bicycles, such as British 'Bai Jin Ren' and 'BSA (Birmingham Short Arms)', German 'Mercedes-Benz', American 'Harley', will offer you a feast for your eyes. The four big domestic brand bicycles familiar to the Chinese, 'Red Flag', 'Forever', 'Phoenix' and 'Flying Pigeon', will make you long for the good old days. - People's Daily Online

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British Olympic stars get back on track

Most of Great Britain's Olympic medalists return to action in Manchester on Friday, in the first of the World Cup Classics series.

Double gold medalist Bradley Wiggins is partnered by Geraint Thomas for the first time in the madison.

Victoria Pendleton is chasing three victories in the 1km time trial, the keirin and the individual sprint.

'It's on home turf and we get such a fantastic response from the crowd here,' Pendleton told BBC Sport.

Alongside a GB squad there will be British riders competing in the colors of trade teams 100% ME, Sky+ HD and Plowman Craven." To read more, please, visit - BBC SPORT | Cycling

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Manchester World Track Cup Ready For Action

With the competition for the first round of the 2008/09 World Track Cup series kicking off at Manchester tomorrow, everything is place for the racing to begin in earnest. Teams have now arrived and the final training is taking place through out the day at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. To read more, please, visit - British-cycling

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Solar-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled in India

Soleckshaw:


If you walk down the streets of Delhi, India, you’ll probably notice the multitude of pedal-driven rickshaws. And while some may protest that the rickshaws—mostly driven by migrants from poor Indian states—are uncivilized, the new Soleckshaw could make rickshaws palatable even to human rights activists.

The Soleckshaw, which is currently being tested in Old Delhi, can either be pedaled or run off of a 36-volt battery that is charged every 45 miles from a solar charging station. The prototype isn’t too shabby, either— it seats three and has electric lights, an FM radio, four mobile phone chargers, and can travel at 12 and a half miles per hour. Additionally, it can go uphill. To read more, please, visit - CleanTechnica

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Electric bike offers green urban commuting option


"This feels very strange.

I'm riding down an alley in San Francisco, pedaling as you would on any bicycle. Each time I put my foot down, the bike presses on a little further. It's all very normal.

But then, with the flick of a switch on the bike's handlebars, it shoots forward with a strong, smooth, motorized thrust. Quickly, I've hit 20 miles an hour.

This isn't normal anymore.

This is Ultra Motor's A2B, a $2,500, zero-emissions scooter that just happens to also be an electric bike"
Electric bike offers green urban commuting option | Geek Gestalt - by Daniel Terdiman - CNET News.com

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Bicycle Safety

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent.

But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it's a vehicle! Be cool - follow some basic safety tips when you ride.
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To conserve energy and cut carbon emissions, Tainan city government, Taiwan, announces every Friday as "Bicycle Day"

Hope Pune Municipal Corporation does something like this!

But we do not have to wait for PMC to announce! We can decided to use cycle at least one day in a week! Problems? They are same every where. In even in Taiwan! Read the news and you will say "Who is talking? Me?":
The city government said 51 percent of its employees have indicated that they will be able to participate in "bicycle day," while 49 percent said that they will have difficulty doing so.

Those who said they will have difficulty cited reasons such as frequent bicycle thefts, lack of bus stops near their homes, the need to use cars to transport their children to and from school, long distances to the city government offices and the inability to ride a bicycle.

Some female employees said they were unwilling to walk or ride bicycles to work because of personal safety concerns, while others pointed to the poor quality of the city's roads.

- The China Post

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BMX racing: from fringe to big time - 2008 Beijing Olympics

This is the first time that BMX racing, also known as bicycle motocross, will be an Olympic medal event.

Riding only inches apart, the cyclists rip around a dirt track with tight turns and spectacular jumps. There are no points for style or artistic expression, as only raw speed wins the race that’s over in less than a minute.

BMX racing originated in the United States in the late 1960s when youngsters in California used their bikes to copy the tricks performed by motorcycle racers. It was eventually recognized as a sport of its own with specialized bikes, safety gear and a unique culture.

In 2003, the International Olympic Committee made BMX a full-medal sport for the 2008 Beijing games — much like snowboarding and other fringe sports have been elevated to the world stage.

The addition of BMX racing to the Olympics follows a series of new events, such as beach volleyball and mountain biking, meant to appeal to a younger crowd. The sport could become the darling of Beijing, much like freestyle skiing captured millions of television viewers during the Winter Olympics.
JS Online: Spinning gold into bigger sales

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Steve David keeps his Chrysler PT Cruiser parked in driveway and switches to Segway, personal transport vehicle

I love to read stories about commuting green:

I know everybody can't cycle2work. So what? Commuting green is more important. Out of all green vehicles, i find "Segway" very fascinating. Read this story of Steve David of Baltimore.


Even before gasoline hit $4 a gallon, Steve David saw the writing on the wall and decided to reduce his reliance on costly fossil fuel for his daily commute from Hernwood Heights to his office in Baltimore.

A year ago he asked for a Segway personal transport vehicle for his birthday. His wife obliged.

Now he can be seen most days on the upright two-wheeler making his 25-minute commute through Randallstown to the Owings Mills Metro five miles away.

There he boards a train with the electric vehicle and disembarks at the State Center stop downtown. A half-mile later and he’s at his physical therapy practice on north Charles Street.

“If I leave the house at 8 a.m., I’m at the office by 9 a.m.,” David said.

Stopping to chat on Winands Road near the end of his commute on a balmy evening last week, David said that over the past year he’s used the Segway almost every day, even in the rain, although he avoids riding it in ice and snow.


Community Times

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Ben Gulak's Electric Uno has two wheels but it's not a motorbike - it looks like a powered unicycle

A young inventor has created a two-wheeler with a twist - the wheels are parallel so the machine looks like a powered unicycle.

Ben Gulak, from Ontario, Canada, is only 18 but has spent several years building the electric Uno that uses a gyroscope - like the Segway commuter device - to stay upright.


The bizarre-looking contraption has only one switch - on or off - and is controlled entirely by body movement. It works like a Segway - lean forward to start moving. Lean left or right to turn and the inside wheel lifts and the outside wheel lowers.

Its control system that keeps the rider balanced over the tyres

Gulak designed the Uno with the help of Trevor Blackwell, a robotics engineer who specialises in self-balancing software. The control system keeps the rider balanced over the wheels and manages the suspension.

The machine, modified from the frame of a Yamaha R1, weighs 54kg and can be taken indoors and wheeled into lifts. It's recharged by being plugged into the mains.


The wheels are independently controlled, allowing the bike to turn in its own length, and the technology takes the balance and guesswork out of riding a unicycle.

The Uno's two wheelchair motors should give it a top speed of 40km/h but, for safety's sake, Gulak hasn't taken it above 25km/h.

He said: "The only way to figure out if a modification works is to ride the thing. I'm pretty sure I chipped a kneecap in one crash."


It can run for about 2.5 hours on a charge and was designed for inner-city commuting.

Gulak said: "The Uno takes a bit of getting used to because you have to learn to trust it but it doesn't take long."

He's looking for investors to get the Uno into production and on the streets.


"I was inspired to make it after visiting China a few years ago and seeing all the smog," he said. "They ride little bikes that are really polluting and I wanted to make something to combat that.

"Now that I have a prototype the reaction has been amazing. I believe this could be an electric alternative to the car." - Star Motoring
motoring.co.za -

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

UK-based Ultra Motors launches a high-range electric scooter, Marathon, priced at Rs 31,047 in India, which travels 100 km on a single charge

"Marathon is primarily targeted at 24-plus year olds, riding a petrol scooter or a moped and who are looking at economy and utility," Ultra Motor India Director (Marketing) Deba Ghoshal told reporters.

The price of running an electric two wheeler works out to only 10 paise per km, the cost of charging the battery, he claimed.


The company had set sale target of 60,000 units during this fiscal. Last year, Ultra Motors, in partnership with Hero Exports, sold 22,000 ultra powered electric two-wheelers across the country, he said.

In fiscal 2007-08, the company had a technical collaboration cum-joint marketing agreement with Hero Exports to produce and jointly market electric two-wheelers in India.

He said it was proposed to increase the dealerships across India from 150 to 275, thereby ensuring a pan-India presence.

Ultra Motors has plans to invest Rs 140 crore in three years in product development, marketing and distribution.

Pointing out that Kerala offers a huge potential for electric two-wheelers, he said Ultra Motors has received good response for 'Velociti' electric two-wheelers launched four months ago. About 300 units were sold in just four months.

With rising petrol prices, customers have a good option in electric two-wheelers, he said, adding that there was good response in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, where electric two-wheelers were launched.
PTI NEWS

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A ban on covering faces by women while driving motorbikes irks woman's organizations in Pune

Satyapal Singh, who took charge of the City Police Commissioner last week has disapproved women covering their faces while driving.

The contention of Singh is that terrorists can take advantage of the practice to disguise themselves.

Many college girls and office-going women here cover their faces from head to chin to protect themselves from heat and dust while riding bikes.

A large number of women, including mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale and several Woman's organizations have opposed the police ban.

The controversy also hit the blogosphere with girls protesting the ban on blogs and social networking sites such as Orkut and Facebook.
Pune bans scarves while driving to check terrorism - The Times of India

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Ratan Tata to make an electric car, invests with a French company for work on a vehicle using compressed air as fuel

Mr. Tata said that besides launching new products, this year the company was looking at making an electric car and was competing for an Eco car in Thailand.

Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata said, the company had made an investment with a French company for work on a vehicle using compressed air as fuel.

Mr. Tata said contrary to claims that the Tata Nano would result in traffic congestion and increased pollution, “the Nano will be 12 per cent less polluting than a two-wheeler.

As regards congestion, one has to put the issue in perspective. Even at one million cars per year, over five years, we will not add more than 4-5 per cent of cars on the road. It would not be fair to blame congestion on the Nano.”
The Hindu : Nano will not increase congestion: Tata

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3 bicycle shop owners - who are believed to have rented 5 to 6 bicycles to the terrorists who have planned the blasts in Ahmedabad - nabbed by police

Ahmedabad police officials have detained more than 30 residents of the blast-affected areas and adjoining residential areas to get more information about the blasts.

"We suspect that the way the blasts were carried out need a detailed recce. It is possible that the suspects live close to the blast sites to know details like when the crowd would be the largest, when they would be headed home and also that evening would be the right time, the peak traffic hour to strike," said police investigators.

-Ahmedabad-The Times of India

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Be kind to your e-bike!

As petrol prices are hitting the roof, battery-operated bikes or e-bikes are becoming popular. Particularly, in the middle aged office going population and housewives. Mostly this group has to travel short distance. Because of the age and temperament speed of the e-bike is also not an issue for them.

Electric and Petrol Scooter:

Plus, most of the e-bikes do not look much different from the petrol scooters. If you come across anybody who has recently purchased an e-bike and ask him about the performance of his vehicle, he will tell you "It's "electric" scooter. Not much different from the petrol scooter. Actually, after i started using it, in the first week, you know, two three times i went to the petrol pump and stood in the line. It is just like a scooter! A scooter without petrol!"

Maintenance free maximum performance:

Not finding any difference in the performance and forgetting that it is not a petrol scooter is a good way of telling how happy you are about your e-bike. But if you really want to enjoy 'maintenance free maximum performance' of your e-bike you should always remember that it is not a petrol scooter. It's battery operated bike. No, i am not talking about the battery fuse. I am talking about the load carrying capacity of your e-bike.

Excess weight:

You have to keep in mind that these bikes can only take limited loads. You can not carry as much load as you can, like you used to on your petrol scooter. Excess weight may affect the wiring of your e-bike which may have to be replaced.

Over weight:

Excess weight is a typical middle age issue, we all face. Of course, now scientists have found a simple but effective way of keeping "a diet diary" to lose the weight. However, you have to be kind to your e-bike and carry a limited load. If weight is a big issue at your home you can follow Mr. Singh, who says, "“I avoid taking my wife along as the battery cannot bear the load of well-built grown up people for a very long time and the vehicle packs up.”

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

First anniversary of the hugely popular vélib scheme, the cycle experiment, in Paris

As Paris marks this week the first anniversary of the appearance of public bicycles on its streets, other cities are watching ever more closely a hugely successful experiment in self-service public transport.


Since Bertrand Delanoe, the city’s Mayor, took the gamble of putting 16,000 vélibs, short for vélo liberté, or bike freedom, at the disposal of Parisians, the stately grey machines have been taken out for a spin a total of 27 million times. To the pleasure of the left-wing council and the frustration of drivers, cycle traffic has jumped by 70 per cent as Parisians take advantage of the almost-free service.

Vélo city



- Paris’s vélib scheme is by far the biggest in the world. The total number of bikes will reach 20,000 by the end of the year.

- 1,500 bikes are repaired every day, most at the docking stations.

- The fee system is designed to encourage short hires. A day ticket costs €1 (80p), a weekly one €5, an annual one €29. The first half-hour is free, with an additional cost of €1 per half hour.

- The city of Paris has made about €30 million profit in the first year but JCDecaux, the firm that supplies the bikes, is reported to have spent millions over budget because of greater than expected wear and tear, theft and vandalism
A year on, the cycle experiment has hit some bumps - Times Online

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Carboard Bicycles - Save The Environment And Reduce Theft

(TREND HUNTER) Product design student Phil Bridge has come up with a way to reduce bicycle theft and save the environment. His solution is a unique cardboard bicycle.

He’s unveiled his creation in hopes that funding… [More]




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Monday, June 16, 2008

E-waste collection from ward offices twice a month; Pune Municipal Corporation considering own disposal plant

Thanks to the rapid growth of electronic as well as information technology industry, Pune ranks among 10 top cities in the country when it comes to e-waste. It is estimated that the city generates 2,500 metric tonnes of e-waste annually.

"The public will soon be asked to drop the e-waste at the ward offices where bins would be kept for collection. The PMC would lift the e-waste twice a month for their disposal at the recycling plant," said Suresh Jagtap, deputy municipal commissioner, Solid Waste Management.
With city neck deep in e-waste, PMC plans action, survey

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Alternative energy solution - tidal power plant

The search for clean energy solutions continues:


The artist’s rendering above depicts the world’s largest tidal hydroelectric plant to be built at Lake Sihwa on the South Korean peninsula. The project has an estimated budget of $250 million. Tidal water flow in and out of the man-made lake provide a steady, renewable source [...]

read more | digg story

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Carbon Footprint: Did you know?

Carbon footprint is a way to measure how our choices and actions as individuals, businesses, communities and countries impact global climate change

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Pune gets manmade nature park

Attracting birds and bees to nest in the park for joggers,
this is Maharashtra's first attempt at creating a simulated wonderland for nature lovers.
Bird calls from concealed speakers,
foggers creating the hazy freshness of morning and
signage telling you about the birds and the bees.
It's all unfolding at Maharashtra's first National Green Corps Park,
a wonderland for nature lovers in the heart of Pune city


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It might be a bright idea to pick up that bicycle before the government decides to pass some of the oil burden down to the consumers

The sky-high fuel prices have achieved what the 'Earth Hour' could not. The later may have been reduced to a hour-long euphoria, but the fuel prices are reducing global warming. They are actually forcing people to cut the energy consumption on a sustainable basis.

Let’s begin with the US. With the cost of fuel and power for public transportation increasing three fold in four years, meeting the greater demand for mass transit is proving difficult for the US administration.

Interestingly, this has made the US people turn towards the most environment-friendly transport - bicycle.

But with India the story is a little different. The huge oil subsidies are still preventing Indians from feeling the heat of the boiling crude.

With the Indian basket of crude staying above $100 a barrel mark, the Petroleum Ministry has projected a revenue loss of about Rs 1,50,000 crore on fuel sales this fiscal.

And the losses incurred by state-run firms on fuel sales further widened to over Rs 500 crore per day, with the price basket of crude oil that country imports crossing an all-time high of $110 a barrel.

So, it might be a bright idea to pick up that bicycle before the government decides to pass some of the oil burden down to the consumers - not just to save the oil retailing firms, but for a greater cause of saving the earth from global warming!
The Economic Times

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pune comprehensive mobility plan - monorail system to be laid on the outer ring of the central parts of the city

Municipal commissioner Pravinsinh Pardeshi told TOI that the presentation by consultants of the comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) has suggested that monorail is feasible on the outer ring of central Pune.

The route goes through Senapati Bapat road, university junction, Khadki, Alandi road, jail road, Nagar road, Solapur road, Kondhwa road, Satara road, Sinhagad road and Karve road, in the outer parts of city.
-The Times of India

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Bicycles are in, macho bikes out

The oldest medical institute in the Northeast, Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, has shunned the trendy bike for the humble bicycle.

It all began as a step towards ensuring discipline, but the students are now discovering the joys of pedalling. “Initially it felt awkward, but I am now taking pleasure in using the bicycle,” one of the students said.

“It is a very good idea, more cost effective and eco-friendly. And we get our regular exercise by just pedalling,” said another. Such has been the enthusiasm that 20 students from the new boys’ hostel purchased bicycles recently.

However, this simple mode of transport has also raised apprehensions since the discovery of a bicycle bomb in Lower Assam.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Keep Fit Body and Clothes by Eco friendly Combo from GO Green BITS, Pilani, Students

Washing Machine driven by Bicycle:

Market is flooded with combos of the itunes-ipod kindHDTV-Digital Frame kind etc to cater to the high end of the consumer segment and its high time to care for the huge middle class segment in urban areas and rural areas.

In the present scenario, power cut is a common problem in all parts of India and at the same time due to very hectic life schedule; health is also a major area of concern.

To address these issues, a working model of a washing machine driven by bicycle has been designed and fabricated. It was successfully demonstrated at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan "APOGEE-2008", which is one of the top ranking technical festivals in India today.
The washing machine driven entirely by muscular power, apart from its main purpose of washing clothes also provides an added benefit of physical exercise to the user.
This machine operates without electricity hence Eco-friendly and safe to operate. The machine serves the dual purpose of washing machine and exerciser.

It is cost effective as the total cost incurred in fabricating the working model is about Rs.4000/- while the conventional exerciser costs around Rs.3500/- and washing machine around Rs.8500/- with electricity charges extra.
This could be a real boon to the rural areas where electricity is a rare commodity and to the urban areas where keeping fit and energy saving are top issues.
Chancellor Dr KK Birla who visited the Pilani campus on March 14, 2008 appreciated the efforts of the team.

The combo model also won the First Prize under the Environment category in APOGEE 2008.

This model has been developed by Proud to be BITSians Mr. Ganesh Soni, Mr.Haribabu Gurram and Ms. Seema Sharma under the guidance of BITS Faculty Manoj Soni for whom Energy Research is a Mission with Passion from Mechanical Engineering Department of the Institute.

Several alumni of the Institute have shown keen interest in this down to earth thinking project.

About BITS Pilani: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Rajasthan which has set the industry university collaboration bench mark in India today is one among the top ranking universities offering degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa campuses and in the short future at Hyderabad campus apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates. The alumni of the Institute are spread across the globe from Australia to America.
Newswire

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