Parking as a Travel Demand Management Strategy to encourage Public Transport

     

It is evident that with the escalation in population and growth in vehicles, the claim for parking spaces, usually at “no cost” has resulted in high volume of private vehicles on urban roads.

Programme Director Ranjit Gadgil selected on the Ghole Road Ward Committee as a civil society representative

The 74th Amendment to our Indian Constitution made in 1992 was a milestone in empowering urban local bodies, redefining their roles, powers and functions. Among other things this Act calls for devolution of functional and financial powers to local governments, along with more participation from citizens in planning, with a special emphasis on including women and weaker sections of the society.

Berlins Environmental Zone

Only vehicles meeting certain exhaust gas standards are allowed to enter the inner city area. Vehicles with particularly high emission levels are banned since February 2010.

Parisar opposes PMC proposal to axe 108 trees for road widening

The Pune Municipal Corporation Road Dept. has proposed to axe 108 trees near the University Gate to widen the road in an effort to reduce the growing congestion at this junction. This proposal has been quickly approved by the Pune Tree Authority, the body created under the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975.  

Parisar has strongly objected to this proposal for several reasons.

Pune: A confused city

I was riding on a bus which was trying to find a route through two-wheelers, cars and poor pedestrians through the core city area of Pune hoping to reach our destination in time. It was early morning and we were already facing heavy congestion. I was reading the Times of India (dated 5th Nov. ’09) and an article titled “Traffic Dept. turns its attention to Peth areas” caught my eye since it came as a pleasant surprise: it talked about “congestion charges” for automobiles!

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