India is only just behind China in terms of growth of both population and economy. Another growth area, in a way a matter of concern, is the number of private vehicles on the roads leading to more accidents and congestion. The government has accordingly stepped up its development plan for mass transport in cities of both high and medium density. The ideal modal share of public transport should be around 70% in growing cities, while in India, it is 35-40% only. The Government’s focus is thus not only on increasing the metro rail capacity, but also on having more mono, light and semi high speed trains. The metro development has brought in a number of global technology for different aspects of the metro systems – infrastructure, rolling stock, ITS and operations. There is also a conscious effort to make this mode of mass transport green and a change agent.
The Indian government plans to develop a total of 66,117km of new roads under different programmes and also upgrade the existing network. White topping (concrete overlays) offers great potential in the process of upgradation and rehabilitation of bituminous pavements, writes Binod Kumar, Senior Scientist, CRRI. The advantages are many including long life and low maintenance. In the “Parking” section we have a report on e-PARK developed by C-DAC. The system makes parking in multilevel parking spaces easier and hassle free.
If metro rails can go green, the highways can also hope to become green if the policy being finalized by the road Ministry goes for implementation. As per the plan, 140,000km of national highways will be tree-lined with fruit bearing trees specific to the region. The green cover can also reduce the glare from vehicle lights during night.
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