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As it is impossible to substantially expand roads in Indian cities, the only option is to develop Mass Rapid Transport Systems and/or Light Rail Transit Systems.


Urban mass transportation

  • Urban transport is a nightmare in India though most urban residents take it as a fait accompli. One only has to take a look at overland suburban trains in Calcutta (this city has India's only underground railway system which is quite efficient though an enormous loss-maker to the state) and Bombay during peak hours to know how nightmarish local train travel is in urban India.

  • Public road transport is equally nightmarish. Since population density is very high in the cities, it is not possible to expand roads. So, the only option is to develop Mass Rapid Transport Systems (MRTS) and/or Light Rail Transit Systems (LRTS).

  • A 55 km proposed rail system for Delhi is one of the three elevated rail transit systems cleared by the government, the other two being for Hyderabad and Bangalore.

  • The Vijay Mallya-group will execute the Bangalore project on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis. The technology for this project has been provided by a consortium consisting of ICF Kaiser, Transportation and Transit Associates, Nippon Sharyo and GE Transportation.

  • Similar projects, with private sector involvement, are likely to come up in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

  • It is unlikely that foreign companies will be allowed public transport systems in the foreseeable future, but they can provide technology. Foreign companies already involved in providing such technology include  ICF Kaiser, Transportation and Transit Associates, Nippon Sharyo and GE Transportation.

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