Monday, 11 January 2016

The transportation ease that a smart city provides

Urban mobility has always been any cities problem in any developing country’s major city. Today, India faces the same. All city administrators need new traffic and urban mobility systems that can manage the vehicle hassles in unplanned cities. Traffic issues arise due to improper planning while or before developing a city. Along with slums, it is one of the biggest problems faced by urban areas in the country today. Delhi is no exception and today, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP government has brought in the odd-even traffic rule that the entire state is suffering from. Many have gone on to call it illogical and ineffective, and facts reflect the same.
“The basic idea of pan-city development is to apply digital technology to existing transportation so as to bring in an efficiency component, reduce transaction cost and travel time. It is not meant to be capital intensive. It could be having digital bike docks as in the case of London or Manhattan or provision of real-time traffic information along roads as Barcelona does at its bus stops,” said urban expert Saswat Bandyopadhyay, professor of planning at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University.

“We are hoping to procure these over the next three years using our own funds and will improve the traffic efficiency under the Smart City mission,” said Krishnan Kumar. With that, it is quite evident that what Kumar has proposed in Bhubaneshwar is being sought, will be proposed and strenuously backed up in Delhi. Smart cities can certainly avert these problems and it is expected that it will happen soon and the [painful; odd-even rule will be eradicated. 

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