· “Development of overall Unified Transport Authority and Integrated transport system (like Paris, New York, Germany), enhanced pace of construction, adoption of Consumer centric technology and capacity building can change the face of Urban Mass Transportation in India, as it is now no more a country of villages” said Mr Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited, while addressing the International Conference on Urban Mass Transportation, focusing on Metro & Light Rail organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here in the National capital.
While strongly calling for adoption of latest technologies in Metro Rail, he emphasized that “To achieve the objective of an efficient and technologically advanced urban public transport system, we need to build domestic capabilities and upgrade the status of manufacturing in India because the costs of import and transportation of huge machines from abroad would be too high and unfeasible”.
“Efficient, safe, accessible and sustainable Urban Mass Transport System is the only answer to the ever rising pollution levels, accidents and fatalities. At the same time, Bicycles and Pedestrianism also need to be promoted and supported with conducive infrastructure to complement Metro rail,” he added.
“Various Metro Projects under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode have been planned at Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai etc while many more are in pipeline at locations across Lucknow, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra, Assam, Tamil Nadu etc”, he added.
· While sharing the immense benefits of Delhi Metro like reducing pollution, congestion, travel time, parking woes and accidents of Delhites, Mr Mangu Singh shared that “ DMRC has sown seeds of ‘Urban Rail Revolution’ and now Indian nine cities are following suit while nine more are planning the same. Delhi Metro carries 2.3 million passengers every day with an operational distance of 190 kms with 99 % punctuality. Another 140 km long Phase 2 is being constructed which is targeted to be commissioned by 2016 and by 2021, we aim to touch 400 Kms”.
· A CII – Accenture Knowledge Paper on Urban Mass Transportation in India was also released on the occasion.
· “Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) for NCR region will play an important role in redefining the Urban Mass Transportation in India. Eight RRTS corridors have been recommended under this system and 3 corridors have been prioritized for Phase-1: Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat (111 km; Rs. 18,755 cr.), Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar (180 km; Rs. 32,141 cr.), Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (90 km; Rs. 21,274 cr.),” said Mr Chittaranjan Kumar Khaitan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India (MoUD).
“Pace of urbanization has accelerated in India in past decade and by 2031, the urban population is estimated to double to about 600 million and by 2051 to 900 million. In such scenario, it is essential to develop a robust urban transportation system and focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to reduce trip lengths, promote high level of accessibility for walk/cycle and enable cities to have low level of energy use/ person,” he added.
· “Focused steps are needed for sustainable development of urban mass transportation system in India, like aggressive promotion of mobile applications for disseminating traffic information and crowd sourcing, advancement of shield technology and tunnel systems and funding of urban transportation models by smart public-private partnerships,” said Mr Shreekant Somany, Deputy Chairman, CII Northern Region and Managing Director, Somany Ceramics Ltd.
· “Lack of Public Funding and absence of integrated transport policy are the major bottlenecks of urban mass transportation development in India. Enhanced participation of private players can be a game-changer here,” said Mr Serge Younes, Director, Sustainability Services Accenture.
· “To revolutionize the Indian Urban Transportation System, we need to adopt localization policy, wherein qualifying criteria local Industries is relaxed. A country can progress if and only if cities are planned and proper public transport and infrastructure is provided. CII has been continuously engaged in dialogue with various stakeholders for building a robust infrastructure sector and addressing specific issues with regard to verticals like Roads & Highways; Airports & Aviation; Railways; Ports & Shipping; and Urban Infrastructure & Housing. Conference on Urban Mass Transportation was one such initiative,” said Mr Arjun Walia, Chairman, CII Delhi State Council & Group Founder & Chairman The Walsons Group & Securities India.
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