Parisar comments on proposed fuel economy standards

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) published a consultation paper on proposed fuel economy labelling and standards for the country, initially focusing on cars. The paper also invited feedback from the public, which was followed by a public consultation held in New Delhi. Parisar submitted its list of concerns and recommendations about the proposed standards. These include some procedural concerns (such as inadequate public consultations and time to respond), structural concerns (such as lack of disincentive to increasing vehicle weights) and substantial concerns (such as the current standards being too weak). Other groups attending the public consultation highlighted similar problems with the consultation paper.

Download Parisar's submission to BEE and presentation at the public consultation.

Parisar suggestions for improved JNNURM

The first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) comes to an end 2012-13 and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is expected to launch JNNURM 2.0 to continue the mission thereafter. Based on the experiences of JNNURM 1.0, Parisar submitted a set of recommendations to MoUD regarding JNNURM 2.0, particularly focusing on the urban transport funding of JNNURM but also some general suggestions applicable to all sectors. The thrust of these suggestions is to make JNNURM more effective and accountable in its mission of sustainable and equitable urban development. Parisar also submitted these suggestions to the 12th Plan Working Group on Urban Transport set up by the Planning Commission of India.

The detailed submission from Parisar can be accessed here.

Parisar submission during the public hearing on metro in Pune, 18th June 2010

A public hearing was held on 18th June 2010 to understand public opinion about the proposed metro rail project for Pune. The public hearing was organized by the Mayor Mr. Mohansingh Rajpal and Chairman, Standing Committee Mr. Arvind Shinde of the Pune Municipal Corporation. Many individual citizens, civil society groups (including Parisar) and representatives of political parties presented their views at the hearing. 

Parisar also made its submission expressing its views on the metro rail proposal currently being considered.

Sakal’s one-sided presentation of the Metro debate and Democratic Processes

The Metro proposal for Pune has been mired in controversy from the very beginning. The DMRC Report is not only found wanting on many issues, but even the case for a Metro has not been made. (Parisar has sent a letter to the Urban Development Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra to this effect) This has, not surprisingly, led to various citizen groups (under the banner of Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyan, PMJA) taking up the issue and essentially saying – we need answers to questions before the Metro proposal is approved by the General Body of the PMC.

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