In an editorial published on November 22, The Hindu highlights the failure of the National Urban Transport Policy of the UPA Government, and the need for comprehensive reform of the urban transport provision framework.
Notable is the fact that it criticises the recent law passed by the Tamil Nadu legislature, setting up the Chennai Unified Metroplitan Transport Authority as an apex coordinating agency with no powers, rather than an independent regulator who can review government decisions to benefit commuters, non-motorised users and disadvantaged classes.
The focus of the media on the critical aspect of mobility in India’s car-choked and anti-pedestrian cities is welcome. It gives the Ministry of Urban Development of the UPA and the State governments an opportunity to review their policies. Will they?
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