Taking time out while living in a city, to actually read a blog is great. Getting responses from those of you who take the trouble to not only read the blog but take out time to respond to it is always very encouraging. I appreciate the time and attention you so generously give me. I agree we are all struggling to find what is it that we need to do, what action we should take to be more eco-friendly. Creating a vision, an ideal transport plan to conform to present and future is the need of the hour. The idea of a larger vision for the future transport sector for a city is a distinct one and a very rational possibility for the city of Delhi. It is relatively easy to plan and implement and can be achieved if a bunch of planners and architects put their heads together. They could put a...
In any conversation about Delhi contributing to climate change due to CO2 emissions, dominant is the issue of intra-city transport using petrol, CNG and diesel. This contributes over 30% of the city's emissions and is difficult to reduce. What is also spoken in the context of our city is the lack of adequate public transport. How we don’t have public transport in the form of buses or railways or water ways. How inta-city transport services at the desired quality, quantity (frequency) and price are lacking so as to make it a preferred option. All kinds of statistics are quoted to substantiate this statement. For exampl, a majority of the poor in the city cannot afford to pay for motorized transport however cheap. They use bicycles or walk to their place of work. A majority of the mi
Pillar 67 of the Metro line broke causing a crash on 12 July 09. It had developed a crack in March and after placing 400 tonne launcher on the repaired pillar, the cantilever crashed. Subsequently out of the four cranes that were commissioned to clear up - three of them boom snapped. Collapsed span in the construction of the Delhi Metro Rail is a problem for the media, for the politicians, for the architects etc. In short, all of us living in the city who have wished for the Metro Rail to be successful are now apprehensive about it. This is not to say that the collapse of the pillar is not to be investigated and corrective actions taken. I am talking about the media panic and the political drama that followed. In the image of an ideal city of Delhi there is no space for problems. Del
Imagine a city with so many vehicles on the road that what seems to be a nasty traffic jam is actually a regulation red light. Now imagine the same city adding well over 700 cars to its roads every day. Now imagine the situation when the Nano hits our streets. Everybody now knows that we in Delhi own more cars than the other three metros put together. The city government understands this, of course, and works to make our lives easier. But even as Delhi widens its roads, constructs flyovers and invests heavily in ensuring that citizens don’t lose faith in their cars, cities across the world are focusing on enhancing and promoting public transport. We live in a world today where everything, including development, is climate-constrained. In cities across the globe, the personal auto