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Gujarat succeeds where Delhi fails: Modi

PTI  Ahmedabad, September 06, 2012
First Published: 22:57 IST(6/9/2012) | Last Updated: 22:58 IST(6/9/2012)

Taking a dig at the below-par performance of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Delhi, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his state had outstripped the national capital.

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"Gujarat succeeds where Delhi fails," Modi said, speaking at the inauguration of Asia's first BRTS conference here.

According the state government, the conference was hosted here against the backdrop of `best practices of Janmarg Ltd BRTS model' in the city, and was being attended by management experts from Asia, Latin America and Africa, amongst others.

Modi, on this occasion, announced a plan to set up a Multi-Modal Affordable Transport Authority (MATA) for the developing urban areas in Gujarat.

Talking about the proposed development of "world-class" cities along the Gujarat coastline, Modi said a multi-modal transportation system was essential.

The 468-km long Narmada main canal in the state could be used for water transport, he said.

In many Indian cities, people need 45-60 minutes to commute within the city limits, while Ahmedabad and Surat were fortunate to have average commuting time of 20 minutes, he said.

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