Understanding the Metro in Pune

The Metro as the only solution to any city's transportation woes is being touted in India. Pune also, has unfortunately come under this cloud. We say unfortunate, because of the many conditions that need to be considered before such a huge decision have not been considered, and the way the Metro is being planned will leave the city in shambles. We have been consistently making our opinion heard, in the form of articles in newspapers, research papers, conducting discussions and so on. This page is a collection of all such activities, as well as resources which will be updated so that the people of the city can understand the magnitude of such a decision, and decide for themselves its utility.

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.

BRT Exhibition

Parisar has created a mobile BRT exhibition, which explains the basic concepts of Bus Rapid Transit, in nine colorful panels. The panels, which can be set-up on easy to erect stands (designed by our friends at Design Directions, Pune), show the basic features of BRT, examples from around the world and answer some common questions about the system using pictures and simple text, in both English and Marathi.