Tata's Nano adds to traffic congestion: Mansukh Mandaviya

�We need to promote research and innovation for devising a sustainable urban road transport model that is suitable for India and is based on traditional and indigenous ways and means,� Union Minister remarked.

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Though home grown automaker, Tata Motors introduced its Nano car within a price bracket of Rs 1.5 lakhs-2 lakhs for middle class buyers, in a way it disturbed urban road transport by adding to the existing traffic congestion.

This was stated by Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya. He said this while addressing the gathering at a conference on Sustainable Urban Road Transport

organized by ASSOCHAM.

“We need to promote research and innovation for devising a sustainable urban road transport model that is suitable for India and is based on traditional and indigenous ways and means,” he remarked. “It is not necessary that a model which has been successful in a particular country will also prove to be fruitful for India, we need to devise our own model to tackle our problems,” he added.

Advocating the use of bicycles for a more sustainable and eco-friendly form of urban mobility, the minister said that celebrities and VVIPs should ride bicycles to motivate masses towards this.

Meanwhile, Kerala Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran informed the gathering that the state government has sought financial aid for Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) which runs 5,000 buses provided under Union Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project.

He said in a bid towards making public transport economic and pollution-free, bio-fuel will be made available at 69 petrol pumps in the state soon.

Saseendran also informed that metro rail in Kochi is expected to be commissioned within a year and the land acquisition process for light metro in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode has been initiated.

Highlighting the importance of promoting freight movement through inland waterways, he said that the state government has initiated various projects for that purpose. “Separate routes are to be introduced for transport vehicles and those vehicles carrying dangerous substances, including explosives and fuel,” said Saseendran.

The Minister exhorted private players in the field to invest in manufacturing automobiles with alternate energy resources.

Terming lack of vehicle parking facilities across cities in India a ‘big problem,’ the Minister said that adequate parking facilities utilising unused places, including school grounds during holidays and night time with sufficient security arrangements may be considered.