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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Future India - Highway Guidelines

The golden quadrilateral project was a landmark in the history of Indian highways. Since then no such big project was implemented for Indian Highways. In India the highways though efficiently built are in a very pathetic state. These highways should be categorized into national highways (connecting metropolitan cities), state highways (connecting second class cities), district highways (connecting towns and villages). These highways should never criss-cross one another in a X-ing manner to prevent slowing down of traffic by one type of highways to the other. They should meet at certain points efficiently so that the traffic speed does not get hindered.

Some of the main points we should keep in mind for highways: -
1) There should be separate highways for private cars / buses and trucks (freights).
2) Speed limit should be fixed and in no case should be brought down or up unnecessarily.
3) There should be bye-lanes along the highways near towns and cities so that the daily traffic of these places should not get inside highways.
4) If possible the highways should be elevated if it passes through a city or town to prevent traffic.
5) Proper bus services should be introduced connecting big cities, small cities and towns.
6) No political / social demonstration should be allowed on highways.
7) Slow moving traffics should not be allowed in highways.

If these basic points are followed properly (there are many more), only then we can introduce big projects like bus and other transport systems that can travel through these highways at speeds close to 400 kms / hr. Similarly dedicated elevated lines for rapid transit of trains between big cities can be introduced if given a proper thought. (according to my last to last post)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Future India - Clean India

We often find it very difficult to walk through the streets of India because of the filth and smell that emanates from the different lanes and by-lanes, road sides and other public places be it railway stations or bus terminus. The main reason for the filth and smell is improper dumping of waste materials and human excreta or human urination on roadsides.

If we follow certain basic steps, India would be a much better place to live in.

1) Free public government aided toilets (including urinals) every after half a kilometer in all major cities should be constructed.
2) Proper dumping of household / office / factory waste materials and proper recycling of the waste by the government / municipalities.
3) Concrete roads with no potholes.
4) Footpath at every road / lanes / by-lanes / small roads so that they do not entertain unnecessary accumulation of dust on roadsides.
5) Roads should meet footpaths through proper interfaces just like the British styled roads of Kolkata.
6) Proper drainage systems and no open drains.
7) Awareness among citizens to follow the above steps strictly.

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Future India - Connecting Indian Metropolitan Cities

Indian Metropolitan Cities should be connected by rail and road in such a way so that people can travel between even the farthest of cities within 6 hours. Delhi and Chennai / Bangalore should be covered in 6 hours. Kolkata and Mumbai / Pune should be connected in 4 hours. (say if distance is 2000 kms and it has to be covered in 4 hours. So the speed should be 2000/4 = 500kms/hr) It is achievable. Trains in Japan and China can travel as fast as 800kms/hr. So why should we not have trains in India that can travel in 500kms/hr. Currently an aeroplane covers Pune / Mumbai to Kolkata directly within 1 and a half hour.

Similarly Delhi to Mumbai should not take more than 3 hours. Mumbai to Bangalore / Chennai in another 3 hours. Chennai to Kolkata in another 4 hours. Kolkata to Delhi in another 3 hours. It is achievable. I have dreamt of this possibility and it is now up to the infrastructure planners and engineers to make this dream get converted into reality.

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