‘Metro Alone Cannot Solve Traffic Woes’

The urban environmental expert said that public would be reluctant to use the metro because they become infatuated with their own vehicle.

Published: 29th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th January 2015 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU: Even a fully functional Metro rail system will not solve the city’s traffic woes, said Dr C Rajasekara Murthy, an expert on urban environmental issues.

Delivering a talk on ‘Is Smart City concept possible for Indian cities?’ at The Institution of Engineers here on Wednesday, the emeritus professor on environment from Canada claimed that the public would be reluctant to use this mode of transport because they “become infatuated with their own vehicle”.

Canada faced a similar situation 20-30 years ago, he said. Moreover, last-mile connectivity is not available in many public transport initiatives in India, he said.

“If you can afford it, you will always use your own vehicle,” Dr Murthy added.

Incorporating information, communication and sensor technologies in various public delivery systems like water, energy, traffic and pollution control departments will play a crucial role in reducing wastage and improving efficiency, he said.

However, there needs for discipline in society to ensure it works, he cautioned.


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