Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Making most of smart transport systems

The transport system in India caters to population of 70 to 75% using public transport, cycling or walking. And the population in urban cities is also closer to 30% and expected to increase to 87% by year 2031. The transport reforms hint at utilizing technology resources, where urban transport fund, parking policy, advertisement policy and constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) are main ones. Only about a handful of cities from chosen 65 have been able to come up with at least one reform so far. That is why the smart transport systems in the country can produce reforms and provide the impetus to enabling better efficient and effective transport network.
Smart transport systems include increasing number of surveillance of transport systems, better efficiency in fuel usage and increasing the throughput of resources utilized. Such a network is able to reap efficiencies of the system within cities and innovate better management of public transport projects. At the level of cities the smart transport can be funded by either state or center therefore the onus of providing for better reforms and faster implementation should become channeled, smooth, rigorous and comprehensive in details. Smart transport systems that have been implemented in other cities of world like Stockholm, Amsterdam etc. have yielded a greater safety, high utilization efficiency, higher fuel efficiency and better management of transport. This way the cities were able to mandate a lower difficulty level in sanctioning and providing salaries, deploying, operations, sales and marketing in the projects for smart transport.   
With the inclusion of the stand on comprehensive city governance reforms, India will not deteriorate any further. There would be cohesion between the various agencies responsible for urban development and planning. Every urban plan will have a long-term view for smart transport which also pre assesses given flyovers and high investment mass transit projects with no proper feeder services, high accident rates and risk to health through increasing air pollution. With the introduction of a Smart transport as part of smart cities, 100 smart cities and 500 cities in India will be rejuvenated and transformed with an allocation of close to Rs 1 lakh crore, for a period of five years. This plan is the biggest one so far for transport systems progress and city development and as part of Smart city the aim is also to better city governance and international quality levels of life for citizens.

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