Delhi:- Delhi’s potential for redevelopment in the urban core is limited by the presence of the federal government and its associated buildings, institutions and services. Delhi’s more advanced highway infrastructure and higher rates of automobile ownership have generated substantially more sprawl than in many other Indian cities. Delhi’s BRT system is relatively new, currently operating only a 5.8 kilometer corridor from the Munchen Hospital to the Mool Chand Flyover. No exclusive BRT lanes are provided. Lane marking is used instead of physical barriers, and BRT buses operate in middle lanes. Fare collection is handled on board. Local buses have been rerouted to feed metro rail stations rather than compete against the operationally self-sustaining DMRC. About 20% of DMRC’s annual revenue is unrelated to fares. Real-time next-train arrival information is provided at stations as a customer amenity, and tap-and-go smart “tokens” are used for single journeys. It also has Bicycle sharing program.
The governments are pushing for greater use of public transport and non-motorized modes. Central government (India) has initiated program to help cities have better transport facilities. Urban transport is also proved to be better for urban planning. Governments are taking steps to support environmental friendly transport system and keeping check on old vehicles producing large amount of pollution. It is giving cheap loans for CNG auto-rickshaw to meet the cities ever increasing demand for transport.
Pressure to reduce the air pollution Delhi has taken steps to use environmental friendly fuel vehicles. DTC operates world’s largest fleet of CNG buses. Due to larger ridership the state of maintenance is not in good condition. It is also pushing for creating a culture of using public transport, adopting proven best practices, aggressive use of public-private partnership and implementation of technology based fare collection system. One of the main agenda on transport department list is to provide quality service.
Even though introducing new transport system in the city problem of overcrowding could not be dealt properly. Aggressive steps are taken to introduce environmental friendly vehicles and fuel but then also air quality has not improved much. Proper steps are not taken to discourage new registration of private vehicles. Delhi’s bicycle sharing program is a disaster.
Author Bio- Sudhir Pal Student of IIT (Delhi).