Delhi Metro must increase capacity and frequency of trains
The Metro is crowded right through the day. There is no off peak hour. Frequent trains, also in off peak hours, would make communters plan their travel. Many would opt to travel in off peak hours to fully enjoy air-conditioned travel. If trains are too crowded for comfort, many would prefer taxis or autorickshaws. Global experience has shown that lowering fares of metro systems leads to a much higher ridership.
More buses, and better connectivity with metro
DTC has not added to its fleet for two years. The 6,000 buses it runs are not adequate for a city with a population of over 17 million. The cluster system that augments the DTC operations also need to be minutely assessed for its financial attraction to private operators. Also, bus time schedules should be predictable and shown on bus stand boards. Unruly bus drivers should also be disciplined for safe road traffic
New BRTS after learning right lessons from failed pilot project
An efficient BRT system will ensure speedy movement of passengers. But the entire planning, from the routes to the roadside infrastructure, will have be customized for the needs of Delhi. Aping the existing BRT setups of foreign cities will create confusion and congestion rather than clear roads.
Existing roads need to be redesigned
This will rationalize the way traffic is allowed to flow. From the number of lanes to the width of these lanes, are faults with the existing roads roads suddenly become narrowewr of wider, affecting smooth flow of traffic. There are also bizarre problems like trees in the middle of lanes and merging of lanes without notice. Absence of lane markings is also a problem.
The pedestrian must get attention
For this, footpaths need to be freed of encroachments and redesigned to encourage safe walking. The death toll of pedestrians in car accidents has been increasing and today accounts for 45% of all fatalities. Limiting the speed of cars on pedestrian-heavy stretches can also help.
Cycle tracks must be created
Worldwide cycling has become a healthier and preferred way to travel, especially distances of 5 km or less. In Delhi, only workers, who can’t afford cars or do not find the Metro or buses taking them to desired destinations, use the cycle. If cycling is safe and easy on designated tracks, people can stop using their cars and use cycles for short trips. Cycling can take a big chunk of car users off the roads.
Hike penalties for traffic offences
Only a penalty that hurts will be a deterrent.There should be provision for suspending driving licence of habitual traffic rule violators.The current fine of Rs 100 for jumping red lights or talking on the mobile while driving does not deter law breakers. The police point out, for instance, that if a driver parks his car at an unauthorized lot, he might get away nine times out of ten. Even if he is fined, it only means he will pay Rs 100 for parking his car 10 times at that spot without fear of his licence being invalidated.
Enforce lane driving
Lane driving will ensure road safety.
Delhi’s lanes do not have a uniform width.There are roads where lanes are wide enough to allow two vehicles in them, and there are lanes that are much narrower.This takes away from the concept of lanes and their sanctity. Currently, there is no monitoring of lane discipline. Educating the drivers and ensuring strict implementation of rules by the traffic police must be done right away.
Cluster buses can’t get away with rash driving
At present, cluster buses have emerged as the new Blueline buses, only they are painted orange. The drivers seem to be the same unruly, undisciplined and dangerous. While vigilant monitoring through GPS is essential, bus operators must be made accountable for rash driving and also incentivized to ensure their buses are driven safely.