New Delhi: With an aim to revamp public transportation in the country, the ministry of road transport and highways has sought approval of Niti Aayog to experiment and introduce six latest mass rapid transportation technologies. These technologies include metrino, stadler buses, hyperloop, pod taxis, hybrid buses and freight rail road, pitched by metro-man E. Sreedharan.
“Several transportation technology companies had approached and given us presentations based on which we had shortlisted them. Apart from foreign technology providers, E. Sreedharan has also pitched in a proposal for elevated freight rail road which seems to be very interesting,” a senior road ministry official said, requesting anonymity.
Under the freight rail road proposal, elevated corridors would be built with rail lines where freight trucks can be placed and then they would move on rails at a high speed, reducing freight time and increasing freight quantity.
The new technologies are being explored as the current public transportation is unable to resolve the increasing traffic crisis in the country and they are more cost effective.
The official said, “After the success of Delhi metro, several metro projects have come with huge investments but they are not successful due to small ridership. But despite this state governments are adamant. So we would give them alternate, more cost-effective public transportation technologies that are more rapid.”
Transport minister Nitin Gadkari said, “The proposals are with Niti Aayog member V.K. Saraswat and we are waiting for their response.” He refused to comment further, citing the code of conduct in place.
IIM transport economist G. Raghuram says, “It’s a great move and every technology brings new dimension like speed, comfort, saving of resources, etc. With India being so dynamic, we have place to accommodate several technologies and not restrict to a few like metro. We have to experiment and such a move can help to resolve several transportation issues.”