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Adopt a green growth strategy to boost the sluggish automobile sector

he backdrop of demand deflation pertaining to automobiles, the Union government (along with active participation of the state governments) should have announced policies for stepping up investment in Public Transport. A higher investment in Public Transport (say by purchasing domestically manufactured Public Transport vehicles through a transparent procurement pr

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Is there a case for free rides for women? -Sandip Chakrabarti & Akshaya Vijayalakshmi

-The Hindu Revenues from appropriately charging personal transport can make Public Transport cheap Women may soon get to travel for free on buses and Metro trains in Delhi. This gender-based Public Transport fare subsidy programme, announced by the Aam Aadmi Party government, has not been tested anywhere in India in the past. Proponents claim that the policy will protect and liberate women. Critics

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Looking Beyond the Economics of Free Public Transport for Women -Sanika Godse

r women in Delhi. Delhi Metro’s former chief, E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man,’ recently voiced his displeasure over the Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to make Public Transport – metro and buses – free for women. His concern was about the economic feasibility of the policy for the Delhi Metro. This is assuming metro to be a ring-fenced entity, one that is solely responsible for its budget and account

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Safety and Access: Evaluating Delhi Govt's Decision on Public Transport -Kalpana Viswanath It is important to look at the issue not just through the binary of whether one is for it or against it. The Delhi government’s decision to make Public Transport free for women has been hotly since it was announced on Monday, with many people taking a strong position on either side. I think it useful to view the many dimensions of the issue, instead of seeing it as a binary of whether you are for it or against it. Women&rs

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Cities at crossroads: Federalism for the city -Isher Judge Ahluwalia

is time to reflect on what should be the priorities in fixing our cities. The scale of the challenge is massive whether we look at the availability of clean drinking water, unpolluted air, quality of Public Transport, traffic management and parking, integrated planning of transport and land use, law and order, management and safe disposal of solid waste that is generated, treatment of waste water and effluents, and affordable housing. In short, the st

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ADR survey shows that better employment opportunities, better health care & drinking water are the top 3 priorities among Indian voters

e issues, and (iii) factors affecting voting behaviour. The survey highlights the voters’ priorities on 31 listed issues like drinking water, electricity, roads, food, education, healthcare, Public Transport etc. in their respective regions in terms of its capacity, governance and specific role in improving their living conditions. For assessing this, voters were asked to list their top five priorities. These voters’ priorities were fur

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

have a well-functioning school. Few had their own anganwadis, keeping child development services out of reach of most PVTG children. Health centres, banks and administrative offices are far away and Public Transport is nil. Government officials rarely visit these hamlets. Isolation, poverty and low education levels have turned PVTGs into sitting ducks for exploitative contractors and middlemen. In this situation, PVTG families depend critically on

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The oil & rupee problem -Kirit Parikh

f two-wheelers. The government has been reluctant to reduce excise tax as it will stress its budget. High price would encourage people to use less petrol, reduce unnecessary travel and promote use of Public Transport where it is available. In October when the oil price reached $86/barrel the government cut excise duty by Rs 1.50 and asked the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to cut price further by Rs 1.0. Though the subsequent drop in crude price ha

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Green tax helped Delhi collect hundreds of crores for buses. So where are they? -Priyamvada Grover

s pollution problem continue to hang fire. A fund running into hundreds of crores of rupees is reportedly lying untapped with the Delhi government even as the capital awaits buses that could boost Public Transport and  ease traffic and cut vehicular emissions, a major source of Delhi’s pollution. Three years ago, the Supreme Court introduced an ‘environment compensation charge (ECC)’ for the largely diesel-powered commerci

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