2018-12-03
India's national capital in need of a public transport system rejig

All the above attributes symbolize the unsustainable transport system in Delhi. A new smart city is proposed to be developed by the Delhi Development Authority where transport will be an important component to be developed with smart technologies.

The ICT spending for Smart Cities could comprise of 10-15% of the budget. Even in Delhi, smart technologies in the Metro system, ITS apps like Pooch developed by DIMTS,  Ola and Uber apps, Google car navigation with a display of traffic congestion, and GPS-enabled buses are being used to some extent.

The DMRC reveals the saving of carbon footprint of 232,182 tonne of CO2 due to its regenerating braking system alone.

The Metro appears to be the primary mode of transport for Delhiites. Along with the above initiatives, it is imperative to consider various steps to ensure sustainable transport system in the capital. The steps include implementation of comprehensive mobility plan for goods and passenger traffic, reduction of road accidents using road safety audits coupled with red light and speed violation detection cameras, use of electric vehicles preferably from solar-powered source, greater use of public transport with last mile connectivity, use of non-motorised transport, commitment towards zero vehicular emission.

Also, certain tasks have to be kept in mind while going about with the purpose  such as preparing strategy and action plan in line with National Urban Transport Plan, developing ITS architecture and implement ITS-based transport infrastructure to minimise traffic congestion, road accidents and vehicular emission with strict emission norms, strengthening the institutional mechanism by developing Unified Metropolitan Authority couple with capacity building programme, and developing multi-modal public transport system with strong feeder system for ensuring comprehensive mobility for all.

Enhancement of road safety through five E’s (Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Emergency and Environment, reduction in accident rates using electronic surveillance system with safe road design, improvement in overall quality of life for types of road users by creating universal accessible design for road network, application of congestion pricing in all congested areas, effective parking management strategies and the removal of all forms of encroachments from roads and sidewalks are the other tasks.

Source- The New Indian Express