By next year, Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) will become the first service in India to use electric buses. Ashok Leyland, a commercial vehicleÂ’s manufacturer, in an agreement with Ahmedabad Janmarg (AJL), will run 50 electric buses on the BRTS corridor and will look after the maintenance, appointment of drivers and installing chargers.
Our city was ranked fourth in the first smart city challenge. We are also part of the 20 lighthouse cities in round 1. From March 2016, we have started implementing projects. Since then, we have covered a lot of ground and almost 95 per cent of the work order for the projects have been released.
As IndiaÂ´s urban population goes up from 26 to 51 per cent in a decade, the need for upgrading urban infrastructure is most acute here. China has caught up in the past six years. Indian infra requirements include budget housing, road infrastructure, bridges, flyovers and underpasses to connect small towns to cities and then to the metros.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to finance the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in conducting studies related to urban transport with an aim to reduce the effects of climate change and strengthen public transport, reports the Indian Express.
Ten years ago, nobody in India knew what a BRTS was. Today, seven cities operate BRTS, 16-17 more in execution mode and many others are planning for one. Prof HM Shivanand Swamy, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence in Urban Transport, CEPT University,
Most observers concur that Karnataka has regressed in its industrial rankings as a result of political instability and inadequate attention to infrastructure. Vandita Sharma, the recently appointed Principal Secretary in charge of Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka