Chennai transport: Why does MuD still fund the TN Government?

The media is often excited by such diversionary tactics. No newspaper seems to focus on the basic questions: Why does MTC in Chennai (now getting JNNURM funds and having monopoly control of bus operations) carry on with the 1960s model of fare collection only on-board bus, not sell passes for daily, weekly and monthly use just like mobile phone recharge cards, not invest in buses (as opposed to buying truck chassis turned into buses), not inte…grate fares with trains… Also, why not explore a second bus operator for Chennai, on the lines of multiple Public Sector banks operating in India? At least a comparision will then become possible. What happened to Chennai’s transport regulator which the MuD wants in place? Should we hear about Chennai transport policy from a highways engineer? Should the Ministry of Urban Development continue to fund the Tamil Nadu government when it violates the tenets of the NUTP and JNNURM? Read this story illustrating the point about media naivete: http://bit.ly/73zmhk

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