Amit Bhatt

Amit Bhatt is the director- integrated transport, WRI India

Articles by Amit Bhatt

Why on-road safety must supersede vehicular speed in Gurugram

Its time to prioritise safety over speed. Only then we can make Gurugram a city where people walk by choice and not compulsion.
File photo of commuters at Rajiv Chowk, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)
File photo of commuters at Rajiv Chowk, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)
Updated on Apr 04, 2020 07:37 PM IST
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We need to reasses how to observe road safety week

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Published on Jan 08, 2020 05:06 PM IST
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Metro vs bus: Integrated public transport system need of the hour

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Published on Dec 17, 2019 11:57 PM IST
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City planners need to work on safe movement of women

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Published on Dec 10, 2019 08:53 PM IST
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Haryana cannot afford to lose any more pedestrian lives on its roads

Why is it so dangerous to walk on the streets in Haryana, and especially in Gurugram? The reasons are threefold.
Research shows that the bulk of pedestrian deaths happen while they are crossing the road.(HT File Photo / Used for representational purpose only)
Research shows that the bulk of pedestrian deaths happen while they are crossing the road.(HT File Photo / Used for representational purpose only)
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 01:15 PM IST
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Let’s curb pollution, a silent killer, for our children’s sake

As per the State of Global Air 2018 report, the country lost 11 lakh people due to air pollution. But, we have still not understood the severity of the issue.
A child at the protest against growing air pollution in Gurugram, at Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, in Gurugram, on Sunday, November 17, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A child at the protest against growing air pollution in Gurugram, at Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, in Gurugram, on Sunday, November 17, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 20, 2019 08:09 AM IST
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Mexico City can show us the way in tackling increasing air pollution

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Published on Oct 15, 2019 11:54 PM IST
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Gurugram draft mobility plan must address regional connectivity issues

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Published on Oct 01, 2019 10:56 PM IST
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The success of Gurugram comprehensive mobility plan depends on implementation

The CMP is a document that is prepared to anticipate and work on fulfilling the transportation needs of people and goods in cities and their surroundings.
An Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) for the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex was prepared almost a decade back.(HT FILE)
An Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) for the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex was prepared almost a decade back.(HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 18, 2019 07:51 AM IST
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Expensive mistakes: High cost, low ridership, location ensured failure of the Rapid Metro | Opinion

Annual report of 2017-18 reveals that Rapid Metro earned more from advertisement than passenger traffic. About 60% of revenue came from advertisements while traffic revenue was only 39%.
A Rapid Metro train running on its tracks at near Cyber City, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A Rapid Metro train running on its tracks at near Cyber City, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 06:31 AM IST
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Policy, pricing and reform — keys to address parking woes in cities

What cities need is a total commitment to an area-wise parking plan with enforcement on parking along roads. Parking vehicles for free is not a right.
The SC recently made an observation in its judgement about the fights over the issue of parking of vehicles in neighbourhoods.(Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)
The SC recently made an observation in its judgement about the fights over the issue of parking of vehicles in neighbourhoods.(Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2019 10:22 AM IST
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Substantive planning needed for introduction of electric buses

Gurugram is the only city in Haryana to get electric buses under the Government of India’s second round of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (hybrid) and Electric Vehicles or FAME 2 scheme.
The city can leverage the deployment of electric buses to increase the public transport network in the city, provided it can address three fundamental issues.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
The city can leverage the deployment of electric buses to increase the public transport network in the city, provided it can address three fundamental issues.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 09:33 AM IST
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Decision to install traffic lights in Gurugram a step in the right direction

Re-introducing traffic lights instead of U-turns will improve road safety, increase transit ridership and enhance non-motorised usage. All in all, it is perhaps the most sensible decision taken by the traffic police.
Smart traffic signals light installed at Kanhai chowk near Huda City Centre metro station, in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Smart traffic signals light installed at Kanhai chowk near Huda City Centre metro station, in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 12:34 PM IST
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Respect natural topography of city to deal with monsoon woes

The natural drainage of the city must be taken into account while planning. Also, unnecessary concretising of the city’s elements, be it footpaths, drains, etc, should be stopped.
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road after rains, at IFFCO Chowk, in Gurugram, on Tuesday, 6 August 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road after rains, at IFFCO Chowk, in Gurugram, on Tuesday, 6 August 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 07, 2019 12:05 PM IST
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It is time to re-examine our traditional approach to road safety

Road safety remains a serious issue in the state and the city. The Haryana Vision Zero, which promises to reduce road accidents by 20% by 2020, is taking the right steps in that direction
Golf Course Road in Gurugram has almost 16 lanes for motor vehicles but not even 16 inches for pedestrians.(Parveen Kumar / HT File Photo)
Golf Course Road in Gurugram has almost 16 lanes for motor vehicles but not even 16 inches for pedestrians.(Parveen Kumar / HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 02:39 PM IST
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Raahgiri is a public movement,a platform for positive change |Opinion

Raahgiri Day was created by a handful of Gurugram residents who came together to advocate the need to create streets for all road users, and not only for just for motorists.
These residents were inspired by Ciclovia, a weekly open street event in Bogota, Colombia, and the Raahgiri Day was born.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
These residents were inspired by Ciclovia, a weekly open street event in Bogota, Colombia, and the Raahgiri Day was born.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 24, 2019 08:30 AM IST
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To build Gurugram of tomorrow, the city must move out of cars

In Gurugram, the despair came on Monday morning as the traffic squad of a local developer with acres of property on either side of the junction removed the traffic circulation plan.
Speed is the biggest reason why India, unfortunately, ranks number one in the world on bad road safety.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Speed is the biggest reason why India, unfortunately, ranks number one in the world on bad road safety.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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Optimise budget push to electric vehicles with mobility innovation

Motor vehicles exhaust is one of the main reasons. As per UEInfo, it accounts for 30% of PM2.5 concentration in greater Delhi’s ‘airshed’. So, yes, EVs will address the issue of tailpipe emission.
Currently, electric vehicles have a high upfront cost, but their operation cost is low. This makes them a perfect case for shared mobility and what better form of shared mobility than buses. Image used for representational purpose only.((Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times))
Currently, electric vehicles have a high upfront cost, but their operation cost is low. This makes them a perfect case for shared mobility and what better form of shared mobility than buses. Image used for representational purpose only.((Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times))
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 08:01 AM IST
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For Gurugaman to work, improve the quality and quantity of buses

The most important issues are monitoring and control of the bus service. Several times, I have seen drivers drive the bus as if they are driving a Ferrari on a Formula 1 track . This is dangerous, not only for vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, but also for the health and safety of bus users.
Gurugaman, Gurugram’s city bus service is a good start but a lot needs to be done if the buses are to become a preferred mode of transport in the city.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugaman, Gurugram’s city bus service is a good start but a lot needs to be done if the buses are to become a preferred mode of transport in the city.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 07:49 AM IST
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3 notes for city from Delhi debate on free Metro rides for women

The state govt recently approved the 5,900-cr Metro project, involving construction of a 31-km Metro link. However, the question to ask would be — is it the right choice? Will it have the desired impact?
The sequence started when E Sreedharan, the former managing director of Delhi Metro, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recommending that the Delhi government’s proposal be rejected, as it will hurt the economics of Delhi Metro.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The sequence started when E Sreedharan, the former managing director of Delhi Metro, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recommending that the Delhi government’s proposal be rejected, as it will hurt the economics of Delhi Metro.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 05:28 PM IST
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Cities must preserve natural infra to survive climate change crisis

Climate change is real and cities have a big role to play in surviving and addressing this crisis.
Last week, Gurugram was engulfed by a massive dust storm.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo (Representational image))
Last week, Gurugram was engulfed by a massive dust storm.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo (Representational image))
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 08:00 AM IST
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The proposed Metro expansion in Gurugram needs careful planning

The Metro expansion is unlikely to achieve desired results, if the authorities fail to take into account passenger demand and integration with other modes of public transport.
The Rs 6,000-crore project will involve the construction of 31 kilometres of the Metro rail line.(HT File)
The Rs 6,000-crore project will involve the construction of 31 kilometres of the Metro rail line.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 12, 2019 08:37 AM IST
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Plan to make public transport free in Delhi needs proper deliberation

The official rationale behind this move is safety of women. The hypothesis is that getting more women in public transport will improve their safety.
Delhi Metro was catering close to a daily 27 lakh passenger rides per day before the fares were hiked in May 2017. Currently, the Metro usage is around 23 lakh daily trips per day.(HT Photo)
Delhi Metro was catering close to a daily 27 lakh passenger rides per day before the fares were hiked in May 2017. Currently, the Metro usage is around 23 lakh daily trips per day.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 07:54 AM IST
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Newly elected government must focus on transport to fuel growth

The ministry of housing and urban affairs has already launched the ambitious Smart Cities Mission. It is also supporting the development of the Metro rail in a big way.
The election is finally over, and the Modi government swept the polls with an unprecedented vote count.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The election is finally over, and the Modi government swept the polls with an unprecedented vote count.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 29, 2019 07:58 AM IST
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Making real time transit data public best bet to boost Gurugram’s bus service

Gurugam’s bus service - Gurugraman - can address the issue of optimal usage by addressing problems around frequency, route, timings by disseminating information to consumers or by opening up its data and using private sector.
People in Gurugram crowd into public transport after Metro service operations on the Yellow Line were hit between Sultanpur station and Chattarpur Metro station, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
People in Gurugram crowd into public transport after Metro service operations on the Yellow Line were hit between Sultanpur station and Chattarpur Metro station, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2019 11:49 AM IST
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Gurugram can learn from Karol Bagh’s pedestrianisation project

Our agencies have still not understood the impact of a good pedestrianisation project. Therefore, pedestrianisation of Ajmal Khan Road can bring these three key learnings to Gurugram and rest of the country.
Gurugram has a very vibrant Sadar Bazaar, but ask anyone about going there? I bet, the response would be an emphatic no. That’s because people don’t want to get stuck in Sadar Bazaar. The conversation around pedestrianisation of this place does happen once in a while, but nothing moves forward.
Gurugram has a very vibrant Sadar Bazaar, but ask anyone about going there? I bet, the response would be an emphatic no. That’s because people don’t want to get stuck in Sadar Bazaar. The conversation around pedestrianisation of this place does happen once in a while, but nothing moves forward.
Updated on May 08, 2019 09:18 AM IST
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Improved emission norms may relegate diesel vehicles to past

The BS-VI emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020, across the country. The impact of transitioning to BS-VI will surely be positive for health and the environment. However, there is a much larger disruption that will happen due to this transition.
Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest car manufacturer with a market share of over 50%. The announcement around diesel vehicle is big, bold move, which is backed by pure economics, apart from emissions.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Maruti Suzuki is India’s largest car manufacturer with a market share of over 50%. The announcement around diesel vehicle is big, bold move, which is backed by pure economics, apart from emissions.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 01, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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‘When it comes to infrastructure, we need simple, effective solutions’

Before spending public money on expensive civic projects, authorities should spend time, planning and examining all aspects of the projects.
If our cities can even spend a fraction of the time around thinking about the problem, we will get the solutions that are useful, contextual and functional.(Parveen Kumar / HT File)
If our cities can even spend a fraction of the time around thinking about the problem, we will get the solutions that are useful, contextual and functional.(Parveen Kumar / HT File)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 11:16 AM IST
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