New Delhi: In a move to improve public transport in rural areas and to help revive sick State Transport Undertakings (STUs) such as in Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, the road transport and highways ministry has mooted a proposal to provide them 40,000 low floor buses. The proposal has been sent to Planning Commission and finance ministry for approval.

Market share of STUs is under great threat owing to the availability of number of alternative travel modes and acute competition available today. This cut throat competition necessitates greater focus on the customer to attract and retain him with STU.

Studies relating to subsidies, where these could be safely formulated in the context of international trade, often occupy centre-stage. Estimates of subsidies arising out of government policy/expenditure programme are relatively less well understood.

With the economic growth and rapid urbanization there has been a sharp increase in urban transport requirements. The author, who has considerable experience in transport infrastructure, brings out that one of the options is optimisation of the right way of roads with the objective of maximizing passenger trips instead of vehicle trips.

Supreme Court on Tuesday assigned federal and provincial environment departments the task of exploring a way out for providing financial assistance to the owners wherever needed for conversion of 'carbon emitting' buses and auto rickshaws into environment friendly vehicles running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as fuel.

Gurgaon: Bus services in Gurgaon have always left much to be desired. For the state government too, it has been an issue of serious concern with plans and proposals to introduce new buses and improve transport facilities in the city being made frequently.

Now, the roadways department has announced that a fleet of 62 inter-city luxury buses and 200 city buses will ply on Gurgaon roads soon.

Heather Allen looks at issues related to sustainable development at the International Association of Public Transport, Brussels. Pradip Saha caught up with her on issues topical to her work.

New Delhi: With an aim to spruce up urban transport services and at the same time provide a stimulus to the economy, the government will provide assistance to 118 cities in acquiring a new fleet for their bus transport systems.

New Delhi: Mumbai will get 1,000 state-of-the-art eco-friendly buses by December, while its metro project will be put on the fast-track.

Union urban development minister Jaipal Reddy has set an ambitious target for the next 100 days. He wants people to leave their cars at home and travel by public transport.

Heather Allen looks at issues related to sustainable development at the International Association of Public Transport, Brussels. Pradip Saha caught up with her on issues topical to her work. Excerpts

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