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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