Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 9 June 2017

Urban Transport Policy

Times of India ( 08 June 2017 ) carries following news report :

“ You may soon have to pay more for new cars , parking “

The Maharashtra Government has come up with a new Urban Transport Policy draft

Highlights of the policy are :

·         Introducing additional charges to the cost of vehicle

·         Fixing parking charges based on location / high parking fees / reducing overall supply of parking ( ? )

·         Reduce private vehicles in urban areas / discourage use of personal motor vehicles

·         Boost public transport

·         Transit oriented development ( ? )

·         Prioritizing funds for sustainable motorized transport projects

·         Equitable public transport fare structure

·         Annual revision of fare structure to account for inflation

·         Subsidies to cover the viability gap for public or private operators of public transport services

·         Infrastructure development for WALKING , CYCLING and Public Transport

Public suggestions / objections are invited ( to send to which email id ? )


·         Do not frame rules / regulations which cannot be implemented . Any un-implementable / un-enforceable rule will only increase  CORRUPTION

·         As far as possible , eliminate the “ human intervention “ in the implementation of rules / regulations . Instead resort to use of impartial / unbiased technology , eg :

#   e-challans through CCTV cameras as done at several junctions in Mumbai

#   video-capture of speeding vehicles by drones on Mumbai-Pune highway

#   automatic deduction of toll without stopping of vehicles at toll naka ( through
     installation of prepaid RFID sensors )

#   Proposed introduction of End of Train telemetry ( EoTT ) equipment on 6000
     railway engines ( of 1000 Freight Trains ) , eliminating the need for Guards .

    EoTT equipment is used to establish communication between the loco driver and
    the last wagon of the train, to ensure that the train is running with all coaches and
    wagons , as complete unit

    The equipment is designed to do the “ Guard’s Job “ by notifying the loco driver in
    case any coaches detach from the rear of the train

·         The transport policy should provide for PENALTIES or INCENTIVES , depending upon :

      #   Petrol-Diesel  Vs  Electric – Hybrid

#   Running on crowded city roads Vs running on wide open highways

#   Running during peak traffic hours Vs lean traffic hours

#   Parked on public roads Vs parked inside building compounds

#   Parked in a parking plot Vs parked in a “ No Parking “ zone

#   Parked at night Vs parked during day

#   Carrying ONE passenger Vs carrying many passengers (no of smart phones ?)

#   Private  Vs  Ride-sharing Taxies

·         Through embedding of RFID chips / sensors in vehicles ( make this MANDATORY for all vehicle manufacturers , from 01 April 2018 )

If someone has any doubt ( as to, how any human can track so many “ Use Cases “ , in order to figure out ( automatically too ) , whom to “ punish “ and whom to “ reward “ , he  should read :

·         Internet of Vehicles ( IoV )


·         Who Says, IMPOSSIBLE ?

10  June  2017