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Ministry of Road Transport & Highways signs MoU with Transport for London to revamp public transport in the country


The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways signed a MoU with Transport for London (TFL) in New Delhi on Wednesday, which is aimed at using the expertise of TFL to revamp the public transport architecture in the country. TFL is the agency that manages the transport system for Greater London, and has demonstrated its capability by creating a strong and dependable public transport system in the city.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Mr Nitin Gadkari, said that the country needs a good transport policy that promotes convenient and comfortable public transport system. He said an effective public transport system would be one that ran on electricity or other less polluting, indigenously produced fuels like methanol, ethanol and bio-diesel. Such a system would not only reduce pollution, but would also be cost-effective, he said.


The Minister further said that to implement reforms in public transport systems in the country, India has to learn from the best practices across the world. The government has to facilitate capacity-building in public transport with learnings from the experienced and proven public transport agencies like TFL.


TFL has created a unique system of operating buses in the PPP model with over 17 operators under a single brand. A salient feature has been the double decker buses which provide for high capacity with low road space requirement. Also operational are a large number of electric and hybrid buses. The common mobility card is another successful product launched by TFL, which has made travel easy for commuters and accounting easier for the operators. As a result of the creation of a successful public transport system in London, the city has not seen any increase in the number of private cars.


Mr Gadkari said that the proposed MoU will help to revamp public transport and augment passenger capacity by creating a sustainable public transport system. It will help India adopt best practices for policy reforms in the transport sector and also enable improved customer services, harness from scientific data analysis and implement effective IT systems in the transport sector. The MoU could facilitate an increase in the use of electric vehicles in public transport and promote digital transaction for ticketing. It could also help India improve major procurement strategies, including PPP models for operations, infrastructure maintenance strategies, infrastructure design and delivery, besides promoting behavioral change towards promotion of public transport, said a release.


Source: Exim News Service - New Delhi, Jan. 11


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