ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Smart Transport for Smart Cities

Smart cities need a people-centric, proactive transport planning with public transport as the hub and non-motorised transport as spokes. It is high time we redefine public transport as the transport required by the public and not just publicly-funded transport.

The Narendra Modi government has put special emphasis on urban development by committing to develop 100 smart cities. However, cities thrive on a big and diversified labour market, which requires efficient mobility. Hence, a smart intra-city transport system is a sine qua non for smart cities.

Rapid urbanisation, coupled with increasing private motorisation, is exacerbating traffic congestion and pollution in most Indian cities. Development of efficient mass transport (transit) and promotion of non-motorised transport (NMT) modes, like walking and cycling, are widely suggested as solutions to improve the situation. Hence, many cities are planning new metro rail systems on the pattern of Delhi Metro, though the attempts to promote NMTs are at best sporadic.

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