Bhubaneswar choked by private vehicles: Experts

Published: 21st August 2013 12:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2013 12:43 PM   |  A+A-

Increasing dependency on personal vehicles by people in the Capital City and lack of incentives for public transportation have resulted in a gradual  loss for economically viable commuting practices.

Issues related to transportation and environment, faced in Bhubaneswar, were discussed at a “City Dialogue” organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with the BDA on Tuesday.

According to CSE findings, on an average about 75 per cent of the personal vehicles including two-wheelers and four-wheelers carry only about 10 per cent of the total passenger count. On the other hand, only 12 per cent of the public transport (buses) carries almost 89 per cent of passengers of the city everyday.

Executive Director of CSE’s research and advocacy wing Anumita Roychowdhury said the overall people carrying capacity of the roads of the city was disproportionate and there was an urgent need for scaling up the public transport. More than half of the city has adopted personal motorisation in different forms, majority of them being two-wheelers.

BDA Vice-Chairman Vishal Dev, BMC Commissioner Sanjib Mishra also spoke.

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