‘Lack of infrastructure hampering economic growth’

The government’s policy is to usher in development in the State without trampling on the environment and integrate both, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He was inaugurating a two-day national seminar on ‘Transport Vision Kerala 2030’ organised by the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac) here on Monday.

JAIPUR: With number of vehicles increasing manifold and parking areas becoming a major problem, the state government is planning to draw a parking policy for the city.

The policy will be drawn taking cue from the model parking policy of the Union government. In this regard, a meeting chaired by principal secretary (urban development and housing) G S Sandhu was held to discuss on the issues proposed for parking policies. Officials of traffic department, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) and Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) were also present in the meeting.

The Environmental Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) presentation on a new parking policy for Delhi before the Lieutenant-Governor on Thursday argued that the rate of parking for surface parking should be kept higher than multi-level parking facilities.

Other suggestions related to pricing made by Ms. Sunita Narain and Mr. Bhure Lal at the meeting on behalf of EPCA were to keep parking rates variable based on peak and non-peak hours, number of hours parked, and different categories of lands and colonies.

As cities are growing in terms of population and physical size, their contributions to national GDP are also increasing due to increased economic activities in urban areas. Now in many countries the contribution of cities to national GDP is 80 percent or more of the total GDP.

The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its anguish over the increasing number of car accidents in the city and blamed the Delhi Police for this in not enforcing the order prohibiting use of black films of any Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) percentage or any other material upon the safety glasses, windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles.

A Bench of Justices A. K. Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar reserved order on applications seeking clarification on certain aspects of the order passed on April 27 when the ban was imposed by the Court.

The Sri Lankan government is to prepare and present a national policy for the private transport sector by the end of the year.

The international conference organized by CSE in New Delhi on August 17, 2011 called for a parking strategy for better management that can control traffic chaos as well as dampen parking demand & car usage.

Only four out of 16

With only 0.05% of the total area of the country, Delhi is home to 1.34% of India's population. This creates enormous pressure on natural and man-made resources, and generates situations in which non-health determinants may take precedence over the conventional determinants directly associated with health and health care.

The Union budget has announced its usual palliative for inclusive growth and aam aadmi. But the urban aam aadmi loses all.