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Sunday , 22 May 2022

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Goa government to build road bridges on priority basis

The Goa government is planning to build new bridges on the state roads, especially on the highways on a priority basis. Among the bridges planned is one across the Zuari river on the national highway NH17, with the existing bridge showing signs of stress due to the ever-increasing traffic. The second priority for bridge construction is two bridges in the ...

Traffic Island Gardens Providing visual relief and vital oxygen to drivers

The Green Thumb has been studiously designing and maintaining traffic island gardens all over the city since over three decades. S Kumar Shah, its proprietor, leading designer and landscape artist, feels that such islands are a must in a concrete jungle where tired drivers need a breath of fresh of air to continue their journey among traffic jams.

A series of bridges across Sweden

Stockholm based Erik Andersson Architects won the invited competition to design a new bridge over the river Motala Ström in the City of Norrköping, a city known for its man-made waterfalls. The bridge will be constructed of steel plates, welded together to create a highly polished exterior with no visible seams. In the competition design, there was a sensor-driven waterfall ...

Coventry student’s design project tackles water transport in Africa

A final year Transport Design student from Coventry University has created an innovative final year degree project looking at how transport can play a key role in providing portable drinking water to communities in rural Africa. Umair Uddin Qazi, 26, from Leicester, came up with the idea for his Degree Show 2012 project after being inspired by a previous Coventry ...

New Highways Act in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government is planning to expedite the process for land acquisition for development of its highways by legislating a new Highways Act. It is finding it difficult to acquire land for broadening the state highways and constructing bypasses with about 3,202 hectares of land out of a total of 7,874 hectares needed, still remaining to be acquired. The ...

BS IV compliant fuel in 50 more cities by 2015

The Union government plans to progressively introduce BS (Bharat Stage)-IV compliant fuels in 50 more cities by 2015. In 2012 BS-IV fuel was introduced in seven cities – Puducherry, Mathura, Vapi, Jamnagar, Ankleshwar, Hissar and Bharatpur. BS-IV fuel was first made available in metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi/NCR, Kolkata and Chennai and some tier 2 cities such as Hyderabad, ...

Highways development requires Rs.200 crore every day

A report by a Parliamentary panel, the Committee on Estimates, has estimated that an investment of र200 crore is needed every day for the next 15-20 years to upgrade and widen highways in the country to international standards. The project to implement this would cost about rupees three lakh crore and would put projects for bidding in seven phases. The ...

Transition – world’s first flying car completes first test flight

Transition – the first flying car being developed by US-based Terrafugia Inc – has undergone its inaugural test flight. The test saw the car flying for eight minutes at an altitude of about 1,400 feet. The car can run 70mph on the road while in the air it can fly at 115mph. The car, which runs on normal automotive fuel, ...

Singapore to encourage public transport

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore is working on plans to encourage the travelling public to use public transport more often, reduce the use of cars, and travel more during off-peak hours. As a part of the initiative, the agency has appointed a consultant to design workplace-based travel plan programmes for three organisations, and to assist three others with ...

Railways plan for ‘Go-India’ smart card

The Indian Railways plans to introduce on a pilot basis a pan-India, multi-purpose smart card known as ‘Go-India’. The card will be first tried out on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sectors, including the Allahabad railway station. In yet another initiative, the Railways has completed a feasibility study, the first phase of a project, to devise methods to reduce emissions from ...