Increase public transport as travel restrictions continue, experts say | Latest India News

New Delhi: With the implementation of the new travel restrictions, users of the capital’s public transport will go through a difficult time with long queues of commuters in front of metro stations in the past two days. Transport experts say there is a need to develop short and long term plans to address these challenges in order to prevent public transport users from switching to personal vehicles.

Under Tier 1 of the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP) for the implementation of Covid restrictions, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and public transport buses can operate with 50% of their seats with no standing passengers allowed.

With a 400 km long network at Delhi-NCR, the Delhi Metro has become a transport lifeline in the capital.

Sewa Ram, professor of transportation planning at the School of Planning and Architecture, said: “There is an urgent need to increase the capacity of public transportation infrastructure. The metro should add more coaches and the number of public transport buses should be increased so that commuters do not face any problems. It will also prevent people from switching to personal vehicles for their daily commute. “

He said private bus operators can be associated, like when the odd-even system was in place.

Due to the restrictions, the carrying capacity of a six-car metro train, which can typically hold 1,800 passengers, has dropped to between 300 and 400. Transportation experts say metro systems are designed to provide capacity. standing in order to carry a large number of commuters. DMRC officials have said that according to the restrictions, a coach can now only accommodate between 50 and 70 people.

The Delhi government currently has a fleet of over 6,700 Delhi Transport Corporation and bundled buses. When allowed to operate at full capacity, including standing passengers, they collectively carry 4.2 million people each day. Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of research and advocacy at the Center for Science and Environment, said that while the increased bus fleet will bring immediate relief to commuters, measures should also be made for short-distance travel. .

“A lot of people use public transport or personal vehicles for short trips within a radius of 3 to 4 km. There is a need to develop efficient and safe walking and cycling infrastructure so that people can walk or cycle. Spreading working hours will also help reduce the pressure on the public transport system at peak times, ”she said.

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