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Author Archives: Vidyottama Sharma

Strengthening Systems, Sensitising States and Setting up Training Schools

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…

Deregularisation of Public Transport in Sweden

The New Swedish Public Transport Act has created much flutter in the transport world. While experts feel the need for private and public sector to co-exist is strong, skeptics fear it might be a move to off-load risk.

This Traffic Park will teach you to Drive in snow and rain

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.

Interview with: Satyendra Garg, National Capital

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.

Meeting the ITS challenge in Delhi

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.

Running buses on highway shoulders

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: Purushottam Sharma, “We need to empower traffic police with technology”

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.

TERMINAL 3 Guiding to park

Automated Parking Management and Guidance System at Terminal 3’s Multi Level Car Parking help a motorist enter, park, pay and exit the parking area within five minutes. Vidyottama P Sharma has the details.

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