Amit Bhatt

Amit Bhatt

Amit Bhatt is the director- integrated transport, WRI India

Articles by Amit Bhatt
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)

Why on-road safety must supersede vehicular speed in Gurugram

UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Its time to prioritise safety over speed. Only then we can make Gurugram a city where people walk by choice and not compulsion.
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)

Haryana cannot afford to lose any more pedestrian lives on its roads

UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 01:15 PM IST
Why is it so dangerous to walk on the streets in Haryana, and especially in Gurugram? The reasons are threefold.
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)

Let’s curb pollution, a silent killer, for our children’s sake

UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 08:09 AM IST
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.
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)

The success of Gurugram comprehensive mobility plan depends on implementation

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 07:51 AM IST
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.
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)

Expensive mistakes: High cost, low ridership, location ensured failure of the Rapid Metro | Opinion

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 06:31 AM IST
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%.
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)

Policy, pricing and reform — keys to address parking woes in cities

UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:22 AM IST
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 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)

Substantive planning needed for introduction of electric buses

UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 09:33 AM IST
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.
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)

Decision to install traffic lights in Gurugram a step in the right direction

UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 12:34 PM IST
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.
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)

Respect natural topography of city to deal with monsoon woes

PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2019 12:05 PM IST
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.
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)

It is time to re-examine our traditional approach to road safety

UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 02:39 PM IST
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
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)

Raahgiri is a public movement,a platform for positive change |Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Amit Bhatt
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 08:30 AM IST
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.
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)

To build Gurugram of tomorrow, the city must move out of cars

UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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.
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))

Optimise budget push to electric vehicles with mobility innovation

UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 08:01 AM IST
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.
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)

For Gurugaman to work, improve the quality and quantity of buses

UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 07:49 AM IST
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.
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)

3 notes for city from Delhi debate on free Metro rides for women

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Amit Bhatt
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 05:28 PM IST
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?
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))

Cities must preserve natural infra to survive climate change crisis

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 08:00 AM IST
Climate change is real and cities have a big role to play in surviving and addressing this crisis.
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)

The proposed Metro expansion in Gurugram needs careful planning

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 08:37 AM IST
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.
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)

Plan to make public transport free in Delhi needs proper deliberation

UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 07:54 AM IST
The official rationale behind this move is safety of women. The hypothesis is that getting more women in public transport will improve their safety.
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)

Newly elected government must focus on transport to fuel growth

UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:58 AM IST
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.
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)

Making real time transit data public best bet to boost Gurugram’s bus service

UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 11:49 AM IST
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.
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.

Gurugram can learn from Karol Bagh’s pedestrianisation project

Gurugram | By Amit Bhatt
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2019 09:18 AM IST
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.
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)

Improved emission norms may relegate diesel vehicles to past

UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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.
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)

‘When it comes to infrastructure, we need simple, effective solutions’

UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 11:16 AM IST
Before spending public money on expensive civic projects, authorities should spend time, planning and examining all aspects of the projects.
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