Urban Transport Planning – Future Imperative

".....It is not so much the cost of doing, but rather the cost of not doing ....."

Urban Transport Planning
The 5 tier System Fairwood Concept design for GIFT

Sanjaya Varma
Sanjaya Varma, Advisor– Urban Transport Planning, Fairwood Green Transport
Urban Transport Planning (UTP) has a lot of solutions but many of them don't seem to work .....always! How else would you explain the situation of Chandigarh, a city designed by Le Corbusier maybe over 65 years ago, in physical existence for over 60 years and still relatively free from the evils of urban congestion and collapse of civil infrastructure? On the other hand we have other totally new cities like Noida which are about 35 years old, and already starting to reel under urban degradation despite having relatively broad well surfaced roads !

As Shakespeare said "the fault dear Brutus, lies in ourselves and not in our stars....." The fault in this case is not so simple; it is a combination of improper planning (possibly aggravated by socio-political & economic considerations) with considerably imperfect implem- entation of plans.

UTP is imperative for Urban Planning! It is estimated that by 2050, possibly 75% of people will be living in cities compared to 50% now. One estimate showed that India alone will need 500 - 800 new urban satellite cities by 2050!! Transit Oriented development (TOD) has been hailed as an effective solution to curb vehicular congestion. TOD tells one to keep the home, recreation and work place close together, conveniently connected through corridors of communication thereby reducing the need for people to use private transportation to fulfil basic needs of community living. But how effectively are we able to implement TOD in India? Where are the new cities in which TOD can be incorporated? Trying to do a retrofit of TOD in existing urban centres is a herculean task, but not one which cannot be achieved in significant proportions. It is not just about money or resources! Do we, as a nation, have the will to do and sustain it ?

Ancient India had UTP and this can be seen in the broad avenues, robust river transportation, segregated towns etc. that marked the great cities of the ancient world. Modern India seems to have woken up to the problem only after it hit us in the face and we started to suffer economically. Roads and other channels of movement are corridors of economic growth. Most of the Great Civilisations on the Earth, developed along rivers. From ancient Egypt along the Nile to the Indus Valley Civilisation, The Ganges, Amazon, Tigris Euphrates, Yangtze & Yellow Rivers... the list goes on. In the absence of free movement, there is economic and environmental degradation. History proves it !

NBMCW August 2014

Click Here
To Know More / Contact The Manufacturer
Please provide your details we will contact you as soon as possible
Please let us know your name.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your Designation.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your City.
Please let us know your State.
Please let us know your Country.
Please let us know your Contact Number.
Please let us know your email address.
Please brief your query.

Real Estate Market Outlook 2019

India continues to retain its position as the world's fastest growing major economy on the back of improved investor confidence and better policy reforms. The IMF's database also suggested that India's contribution to world growth Read More ...

Infra Construction - Positives Outweigh Negatives

For a large part of the current up-cycle which started in CY2016, road work has largely been the biggest demand driver, followed by railways/metro.Notwithstanding the general slowdown in public/private infrastructure work Read More ...

ICRA - Strong demand growth for Mining & Construction Equipment Industry

The Indian Mining & Construction Equipment (MCE) industry is likely to see a moderation in demand growth, which is expected to fall to 4-6% in the medium term, more particularly during CY2019. The basic reason are the policy Read More ...


Israel's Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport will service the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and surrounding region. Commissioned by the Israel Airport Authority (IAA), the project was handled from A to Z by design Read More ...

Real Estate

Staving off the triple impact of Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA), Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Demonetization (which had brought the sector to a grinding halt), India's Real Estate is back on Read More ...

Construction Dust Causes, Effects and Remedies

Construction dust can seriously damage the health of construction workers and if exposed for longer times can eventually even kill them. About 22,000 to 52,000 persons per year are dying due to inhaling polluted air in USA alone Read More ...

3-D Printing in Construction: A Review

Three dimensional printing has made its advent in construction in the recent past. With recent advancements in technologies, materials and further inclusion of building information modelling into the construction process, 3D printing is Read More ...

Reforms leading to higher expectations

The RRE has witnessed a prolonged downcycle owing to high inventory, muted demand, weak affordability, and declining investor interest. However structural changes over the last two years in the form of Real Estate Read More ...

Real Estate Industry in 2019

Post the revival of the Indian real estate sector through a series of initiatives by the government, the confidence of the homebuyers has increased with a clear understanding of the market. The developers have also witnessed Read More ...

Technology Transforming Indian Real Estate

One of the most potent and radical ground-breaking technologies set to transform property markets in current times is artificial intelligence (AI), which along with machine learning are reforming technology all Read More ...

Indian Construction Equipment Sector - Seeing Unprecedented Growth & Intelligentization

The Indian equipment sector is undergoing sweeping changes not just in terms of higher demand amid the government’s resolve to build world-class infrastructure, but also due to the digitalization and intelligentization Read More ...

Indian Real Estate Sector 2018 - New policies for Growth, Development & Transparency

India's Real Estate Sector is seeing a resurrection with the several structural changes initiated by the government in 2017. The Government has put housing on a high growth trajectory by offering tax and fiscal incentives to Read More ...

India's Booming Aviation Sector - Will Boost CE Industry

India has witnessed a six-fold increase in passengers over the past decade due to better connectivity and cheaper fares. Global consultancy and research firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) revealed in its recent report Read More ...

Diversifying for Growth

A trend that is being noticed in the last one year, is that of companies diversifying from their core business to the Infrastructure Sector, where they are seeing a good potential for expanding their business footprint. Prospective Read More ...

Infrastructure Creation in India – The Next Generation of Reforms

Infrastructure is the centre piece of India’s growth-story. The total outlay for infrastructure in the FY 2018-19 stands at ₹5.97 lakh crore, as compared to the ₹4.94 lakh crore for FY 2017-18, thereby making an increase of more Read More ...

Bharatmala to Boost Real Estate Activity

The government’s ₹7 lakh crore Bharatmala highway-building programme is expected to give a big boost to the Real Estate sector, besides raising demand for steel and cement and creating large-scale blue-collar Read More ...

New Building Material & Construction World

New Building Material & Construction World
MGS Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Modern Green Structures & Architecture

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Lifting & Specialized Transport

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week

Indian Infrastructure & Tenders Week