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Thrust on infra, better public transport an emerging need

business Updated: Nov 10, 2009 20:31 IST
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With the number of vehicles in the country increasing exponentially every year and traffic congestion becoming a way of life in big cities, a panel of experts said renewed thrust on infrastructure coupled with novel methods of improving public
transportation was the need of the hour and knee jerk reactions to the advent of low cost cars was unreasonable.

“The need of the hour is to take a larger but closer look at developing multi modal transport such as metro rail, buses, mini buses, transit taxis, so that people stop using cars for daily commuting,” said Siddharth Lal, MD and CEO, Eicher Motors. “The demand for cars is not going to go down, neither can the roads be expanded perennially so the answer lies in thinking ahead of time and innovating.”

Even as cars are often blamed for traffic congestion and pollution, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO, Renault Nissan said with better technology cars would play a complimentary role in urban planning.

“There is a need for flexible planning and the solution from an automotive industry's perspective lies in cars that are better in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions but also affordable,” he said.