He wants transparency in the working of his ministry and is known to often question sharply the company managements on the gap in the amount quoted and the actual cost incurred on road projects. He is often said to have chided them with questions like, “Don’t you have engineers to prepare the report before it comes to us for approval? If yes, how do they go wrong on the cost?” He doesn’t like speaking with the media as he feels his work must speak – the work of building 20km of roads a day becoming a reality, the work of improving the toll system, the work of trying to stop the parallel movement of money in the corridors of his ministry for clearance of projects. C P Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, is busy putting his ministry on the right track. He answered questions from Vidyottama Sharma on transport, traffic, transparency, and many other issues…
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Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority is developing a Traffic Park that will prove to be a rare driving institute. The Authority is creating in it all the situations that a driver needs to face while driving. And that includes gradients, potholes, submerged subways, rains, kachcha road and fog.
Traffic management in Delhi is not an easy task. While the Traffic Police is trying to bring in new technology, the commercial vehicle owners are busy trying to find loopholes in the system and the general commuter refuses to follow lane discipline. Trying to infuse sense in this chaos is Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Satyendra Garg.
Since the last three years, Delhi Traffic Police has been trying to bring Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to the national capital. But its tenders have failed to get a positive response. It has floated tenders again now. Why? Will Delhi get ITS this time round? Or, will it have to wait? Vidyottama Sharma tries to put the pieces together.
To ease traffic congestion in Twin Cities, an experiment of running buses on the highway shoulders at reduced speed was carried out. Today, the same experiment has matured to a foolproof system and is one of the most successful efforts in reducing traffic congestion in Twin Cities that can be emulated by many cities of the world. The author, Aaron Isaacs, was the expert behind the novel idea.
Interview with:Lucio Spencer, Road Sector Support Project Increasing mobility of populationin the Republic of Cape Verde
An ambitious road sector project of the Republic of Cape Verde has got a second shot of additional financing by the World Bank to the tune of US$10 million equivalent. The project, called the Road Sector Support Project (RSSP), with a maturity period of 35 years and a grace period of 10 years, aims to increase the mobility of the ...
Bhopal is on the move. Integrated centres and traffic junctions to provide real-time information & help in effective traffic management and integrated security systems & communication systems aided by GPRS/GSM and wireless networks are giving the policeman on the road a new identity. Purushottam Sharma, Inspector General of Police (SCRB), Bhopal has now proposed the use of e-challans integrated with camera, smart card and credit card readers and the traffic control rooms, to help in booking the traffic offenders on the spot.