Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Thomas Friedman on the state of public transport in India

With Tata making progress towards launching the Rs. 1 lac (Rs. 100,000) car in India soon, the question many of us who drive in peak hour Mumbai traffic are asking is - Where will the buyers of this car drive, and park their new cars?

I am not trying to be elitist here - it's great that more and more people can afford to travel in the greater comfort and safety that a four wheeler provides, as opposed to a two wheeler. My concern is that our administrators seem to have their priorities wrong. Shouldn't we be investing more in building comfortable, mass public transport systems, rather than trying to improve on road infrastructure?

This is the question that Thomas Friedman has raised in his article.

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