Cities in a Nutshell: July 24, 2019

Pune E-buses, Maha and Cyber City metros see uptick

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The city is set to get 125 e-buses as part of a public transport modernisation program, PMPML (Pune’s public bus body) director  Siddharth Shirole informed reporters. This is even as the body is set to acquire 500 buses this year as part of an expansion plan. 

The state of Maharashtra is concurrently engaged in the development of metro projects in Nagpur, Pune, Thane and Nashik with total cost of Rs 32,080 crore. Construction of corridors in the first three have begun/ are operation while the feasibility report for Nashik (25km elevated routes) has recently been submitted to the state government.

Hyderabad Metro, run by L&T, has reached the 80 million passengers mark within 600 days and is set to start work on solar electrification of its network in the coming months.

Down south, safety down

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The revised route for Bengaluru’s Namma Metro to reach the Airport is likely to make access to the Red Line tedious for many commuters from certain areas.

Chennai Metro, not for the first time or the last, compromised on the safety as the Vadapalani station had no security officials to guard the baggage scanner or frisk commuters when metro services resumed at 5.30 am.

Chennai’s Metropolitan Transport Corporation has launched a new bus service from Avadi to Tambaram with a total of 10 buses being started on this route.

Capital Conveyance: A Case of Cheers and Crises

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The Railways did it years ago but BEST is finally catching up, as evident in their recent announcement about 37 ‘Tejaswini’ buses being rolled out exclusively for women commuters. This piece of good news comes on the back of commuters expressing relief about the significant cuts in minimum bus fares announced earlier last month.

Even as the rains inconvenienced commuters across Mumbai, the government has renewed its focus on passenger safety in suburban trains, according to an IANS report in Outlook.

Blue Star had reason to cheer as it bagged a Rs 253 crore order from the Mumbai Metro to build air-conditioning systems for underground stations. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has ordered a drone survey around the Monorail corridor after reports emerged that the Mumbai Monorail project had become a ‘white elephant’.

Delhi Metro began trial runs on the Grey Line even as it struggled to resolve technical glitches on the Magenta line. The Hindu has an interesting profile on the muralist of Delhi Metro who’s making his presence known in the art space.

TOI reports on how the Delhi Transport Corporation salvaged 200 buses destined for the scrapyard, even as Down to Earth wonders whether public transport should be made free in light of CM Kejriwal’s announcement last month.

Buses no longer coy in the City of Joy

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West Bengal Transport Corporation has announced that 50 buses will be started in different routes in the city soon. It will also serve those passengers who commute at late hours between Garia and Barasat. M7B, a new route has been created for Howrah station-bound passengers.

The biggest will be the revival of crucial circular routes which would connect Howrah and Sealdah.

A random survey among 20,000 commuters – part of an ongoing study started last September – carried out by IIT Kharagpur revealed that 24% of those who own cars now regularly commute by bus.

Till the introduction of AC buses in big numbers in 2012-2013, bus services catered only to the lower middle class commuters and the lower income group. But now, the middle class are coming forward to avail the AC bus instead of taking cabs.