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Bus ko rasta do

Written by Diane Coffey on April 16th, 2015

(Part of the Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in Sheikh Sarai in Delhi.  Photo: RV Moorthy)

If you haven’t already seen it, do check out Aashish and Karthik’s wonder op-ed on public transit in today’s Hindu.  It talks about how lack of willingness on the part of rich Delhites to sacrifice road-space for the convenience for poorer commuters, and for better air quality, rather than any intrinsic problem with BRT technology, gets in the way of a functioning bus rapid transit system in Delhi.  My favorite line in the op-ed is the last one: “Many commentators seem to believe that the involvement of international expertise in the design of Delhi’s BRT will solve its woes, but experts in physical design will have no remedy to offer for this deeper malaise of indifference.”

As with open defecation, the problem here is not with the technology.