There will be a new system in place to keep a check on movement of buses, fuel theft, footfall and safety of passengers in each city bus once the new operator takes over the service.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency delegation that met with the district administration, at the deputy commissioner's office, in Mysore, on Wednesday. DH Photo

Pune: The municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad have been told to implement pay-and-park scheme in congested areas.

This is one of the 12-point action plan finalized at a high-level meeting convened by additional chief secretary (home) Amitabh Rajan for solving traffic problems of the city last week. The two corporations have also been asked to ensure there are no encroachments affecting movement of pedestrians and traffic.

CAG state audit report NCT has also unearthed a glaring lack of planning cutting across projects, sectors

It may be India's capital city, but behind the New Delhi’s storied corridors of power and flush coffers, the metropolis is a difficult mess for the ordinary citizen. The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) state audit report for the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi government has unearthed a series of significant shortcoming with basic public services in the city, and a glaring lack of planning cutting across projects and sectors.

INDORE: A team of World Bank officials reviewed BRTS progress and expressed satisfaction over its status, here on Thursday.

Construction of bus stands on the 11-km stretch of BRTS that has 21 stations, is in its last leg while erection of civil infrastructure started in 2007 is on at a good pace. The team task leader was Nupur Gupta while the experts in the team included Gerhard, Rohit Gauri (IT) and Surendranath who is from Mott McDonald project management consultancy firm which was part of the quarterly review and partly financed the project.

Mumbai: Several times a day, some of the busiest junctions in the suburbs are absolutely free of traffic for several seconds on end. These are the times when the green signal is yet to finish its down-count though vehicles have cleared the road. These are also the very moments when the pulse rate of motorists on the perpendicular road increases by several beats. The BMC says it wants to put an end to such anguish.

By 2017, the civic body intends to finish installing smart signals at 367 of the busiest junctions in the suburbs. At present, 253 such signals exist in south and central Mumbai, which started being installed from 2007 with World Bank funding of Rs 72 crore.

The urban development ministry has issued fresh guidelines to all states to install preventive security apparatus in all modes of public transport –– buses, taxis and autorickshaws ––for safe travel of women and children. The circular, which stressed on installation of two cameras inside buses, was issued on Monday in the light of the recent gang rape in the national Capital.

Highlighting the unreliability of public transport in cities, UD secretary Sudhir Krishna said in his letter, “Presently, most of the cities in India do not have reliable, comfortable, quick and affordable public transport. However, in big cities, the public transport provided lacks in availability of frequency, extent of coverage and adequate safety measures.”

Modern stations and facilities to open at B’lore and Mysore

Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka said on Friday that 13,000 BMTC buses will be operating in Bangalore city within the next decade. Ashoka was speaking after laying the foundation for a new bus station in Yelahanka old town, and for bus depots in Sadenahalli and Nagadevanahalli. “Our aim is to bring the best buses from different parts of the world to Bangalore and thereby making public transport popular,” he said. “Currently, the number of buses plying in Bangalore is around 6,500. The number will touch 13,000 in the next 10 years.”