Ministry of Road Transport and Highways signed an MoU with Transport for London
in New Delhi aimed at using the expertise of British Capital to revamp the
public transport architecture in the country. TFL is the agency that manages
the transport system for Greater London, and has demonstrated its capability by
creating a strong and dependable public transport system in the city. The
government has not spelt out the names of cities where the British experiment
will be tried out.
on the occasion the Minister of Road Transport Mr.Gadkari said that the country
needs a good transport policy that promotes convenient and comfortable public
transport system. He said an effective public transport system would be one
that ran on electricity or other less polluting, indigenously produced fuels
like methanol, ethanol and bio-diesel. Such a system would not only reduce
pollution, but would also be cost effective, he said.
Minister further said that to implement reforms in public transport systems in
the country, we have to learn from the best practices across the world. The
government has to facilitate the capacity building in public transport with
learning from the experienced and proven public transport agencies like TFL.
has created a unique system of operating buses in PPP model with over 17
operators under a single brand. A salient feature has been their double decker
buses which provide for high capacity with low road space requirement. They
have also been operating large number of electric and hybrid buses. The common
mobility car is another successful product launched by TFL which has made
travel easy for the commuters and accounting easier for the operators. As a
result of creation of a successful public transport system in London, the city
has not seen any increase in number of their private cars.
Gadkari said that the proposed MoU will help to revamp the public transport and
augment passenger capacity by way of creating a sustainable public transport
system. It will help us adopt best practices for policy reforms in the
transport sector. It will also enable improved customer services, harness from
scientific data analysis and implement effective IT systems in the transport
sector. The MoU can see an increase the use of electric vehicles in public
transport and promote digital transaction for ticketing. It can also help us
improve major procurement strategies including PPP models for operations,
infrastructure maintenance strategies, infrastructure design and delivery,
besides promoting behavioral change towards promotion of public transport.