Delhi Metro – A Transport Planner’s Perspective

On Behalf Of Walter Hook. ITDP. Sent: Sunday, 09 January, 2011 17:27

Interesting discussion. Could the money have been more wisely spent? probably. Was or is it likely? not very. We’ve had recent good experiences w/ some of the metro corps around India being quite open to developing integrated metro/BRT systems and I think this approach is showing some promise

? I wonder about this Walter.

What if the idea of a Metro/BRT link is used as a tactic, fool’s bait to get the metro built? Makes sense as a business strategy for the winners, since the money coming to the metro project will way outweigh the BRT share. So in such a case we would be getting ourselves used for a greater bad.

For now in most parts of the world, at least in places where there is hyper-limited money around to fund mobility improvements, don’t we have to wave the red flag for every metro project that raises its ugly head?

Or do I have this wrong?

Once again and as we have been reminded recently. Gandhi’s: “Doing more, for less, for more.” Is the only way to go.

Eric Britton


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