Govt emphasises on improving urban transport
The Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Urban Development met in New Delhi to discuss urban transportation. The need for having better transportation systems in smaller towns was emphasized in the meeting held on July 14, 2011.
Various means of urban transportation like the Metro, Bus Rapid Transit System, Buses under JNNURM and Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) for NCR were deliberated upon.
Some of the members expressed concern about not having adequate transport infrastructure in smaller towns. It was also brought to the attention of the Committee that in some towns, old railway lines could be used to develop local transport.
The Minister for Urban Development, Kamal Nath informed the Committee that ‘Urban transport’ was a priority and all steps would be taken to ensure that a robust transport system is developed in Metros as well as smaller cities.
While discussing the Metro Rail Service in Delhi & NCR, the Committee emphasized the need for further expansion of the service to cover more areas in order to provide affordable, quick, comfortable and sustainable transport system for the growing number of residents.
Kamal Nath said that Ministry is committed to developing the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) and which will be a rail based sub urban transport system.