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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Friday, October 30, 2009

PCMC to re-install 50 bus shelters with toilet blocks for men and women and a telephone booth

Bus Shelters on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis:

The work on re-installing 50 bus shelters along the 14-km long stretch of the Pune-Mumbai highway in Pimpri-Chinchwad is expected to begin in a few weeks.

These bus shelters were removed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) three years ago to facilitate widening of the highway. Though the highway widening is complete, the PCMC is still to re-install the bus shelters and the delay is causing inconvenience to bus commuters.

"We plan to re-install the bus shelters soon on a build, operate and transfer' basis. We have installed two models of bus shelters at Vallabhnagar. The Pune Mahangar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will finalise one of the models," municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma told TOI.

The engineering department officials said that the PMPML has identified 44 spots on either side of the highway for installing the bus shelters.

The PCMC will invite bids from private contractors for installing the bus shelters. As per the tentative plan, the contractor will be allowed to put up advertisements on the bus shelters and earn revenue. In return, he will have to erect separate toilet blocks for men and women and install a telephone booth at the bus shelter. In addition, the contractor will also be asked to maintain the lawns and shrubs planted on the road dividers and the trees planted along the highway.

PCMC to re-install 50 bus shelters soon

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Monday, August 17, 2009

AC buses run on CNG may be distant dream for PMPML


Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited's (PMPML) plan to make air-conditioned (AC) buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) part of their fleet is in the midst of a controversy, with the urban development (UD) ministry saying that the transport body get in AC buses that run on diesel.

It may be noted that the transport body wants to get 200 such buses, which are part of the total 650 buses sanctioned for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The PMPML authorities firmly believe that AC public buses would pose to be a huge attraction for people who use their personal cars. "Since each AC bus may carry up to 45 passengers, the number of people opting for these buses instead of their cars would increase significantly," said a senior official. The officials said the response to the existing ten AC buses has increased after the fares were revised.
To read more, please, visit - The Times of India

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Pune Metropolitan Transport Authority in 2 months

Move to tackle traffic congestion:

The proposal to establish Pune Metropolitan Transport Authority (PMTA) that would address issues related to public transport in Pune metropolitan region, is likely to get the government's nod soon.

State minister for transport Dr Satish Patil on Thursday said that the establishment of PMTA would be pursued keenly to resolve growing traffic blues of Pune.

PMTA is expected to keep an eye on planning and execution of all public transport projects and also recommend priority of their accomplishment.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

A hybrid year for auto!


The all-electric Reva has also seen tepid sales in India, even though it has had moderate success in the UK (as the G-Whiz), because despite virtually no duties, it still costs over Rs 3 lakh.

The real growth story will unfold, however, in the electric twowheeler market that has seen strong growth in the last couple of years.

According to some industry estimates, the e-bike market in India is estimated to grow from 170,000 units in 2007-08 to 240,000 units this year.

Ultra Motors expects to sell around 60,000 units this year. Electrotherm India has also jumped in, with scooters under the YoBikes brand name.

However, problems persist both in terms of technology and marketing of e-bikes. For starters, the battery technology remains limited to lead acid variants, with mileage of not more than 80 km per charge. More modern variants are expensive, adding to the overall cost of the vehicle, making it unaffordable to consumers. While Pune-based Ace Group (Motors) has tried to locally manufacture batteries to slash costs, it's only a small step in cost reduction.

While smaller 100-150 watt bikes don't require a two-wheeler licence to ride, larger scooters housing a 250-watt engine does require one.
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