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On Metro Rail Systems

The article ‘Mythologies, Metro Rail Systems and Future Urban Transport’ by Dinesh Mohan (January 26) is timely and one hopes that some good sense prevails among Indian policymakers on urban transport. Indian cities should go for Bus Rapid Transit Systems and make our cities safe for walking and bicycling. Simultaneously, the existing railway network in the cities can be put to good use for public transport.

Hyderabad is dubiously lacking in footpaths leave alone cycle paths and service roads. A number of civil society organisations and individuals have issued a “Citizen Declaration for a Better Public Transport” with a number of policy suggestions, but to no avail. Hyderabad also has a good network of railway lines some of which are now used by multimodal transit system (MMTS) rails that are currently carrying about 1.10 lakh passengers a day in phase-I. Phase-II was shelved for three years and cleared only recently.

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