June 3, 2024

World Bicycle Day: Are NMT policies in Indian cities just on paper?

The United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared June 3 to be observed as World Bicycle Day to recognise the contribution to green and affordable forms of public transportation. Indian cities have lately undertaken various Non Motorised […]
April 5, 2024

8 Ways To Approach A Bus Transport Field Study

Field visits are fun, especially when you try to study the very core of mobility, which is public transport systems. The structure of a city, housing patterns, real estate values, commercial spaces, etc. are all influenced by the available transport […]
February 13, 2024

Kerala Budget 2024-25: What’s in for the transport sector?

“A new development model should be created with the help of the private sector,” says Finance Minister K N Balagopal while presenting the Kerala Budget 2024-25. But why have we still not opened up the public transport sector in Kerala? […]
February 9, 2024

Chennai’s new bus terminal at Kilambakkam creates more problems than it solves

The decision to relocate southbound buses from the Koyambedu bus stand to Kilambakkam, situated almost 35 km from Chennai city, has raised concerns about the practicality and efficiency of the newly established bus terminal. The recent inauguration of the Kalaignar […]
September 15, 2023

India’s PM-eBus Sewa Scheme and the Path to Net Zero

With the approval of the “PM-eBus Sewa” bus scheme for augmenting city bus operations by the Union Cabinet, India’s path towards achieving its net zero targets by 2070 is lauded by many. The scheme would have an estimated cost of […]
August 16, 2023

Reanalysing the Student Concession in Kerala

The development model of Kerala emphasises a welfare state, however, there is a lack of adequate documentation recognising the participation of private players in the welfare and development of the State. The public transport sector of Kerala has turned a […]
July 21, 2023

Unresolved Vypin Bus Issue Continues to Plague Islanders

The issue of inadequate bus connectivity between Vypin and Kochi city has plagued the residents of Vypin for more than 18 years now. With the recent draft scheme notification dated  May 17, 2023, by the Kerala State Transport Department to […]
May 16, 2023

Extended Metro Lines –  An Unsustainable Approach in Tier 2 Cities?

With the metro fever spreading from city to city, there has been a shift from providing efficient intermodal connectivity through the public transport system to investing in projects that can be seen as a ‘symbol’ of development in the city.  […]
February 3, 2023

Union Budget 2023-24: Leveraging Municipal Bonds

The Union Budget 2023-24 has emphasised incentives to urban local bodies through property tax governance reforms and ring-fencing user charges on urban infrastructure. Ring-fencing is a legal or financial arrangement of separating the activities, assets and liabilities, revenues and costs […]
February 1, 2023

Urban Planning Capacity in Kerala: The Challenges and Way Forward

The urban planning capacity in Kerala is in need of a major overhaul. The number of planners in the cities do not satisfy the requirements of the state. A quantum jump in the urban population[1] in Kerala to 47% in […]
September 15, 2022

Floods will continue to inundate India’s unplanned city development

The recent floods in Bengaluru was a result of an unplanned infrastructure, developed by flouting the laws in city governance, and by disregarding the building capacity to tackle the challenges of urbanisation. In recent years, the paucity in programming and the lack […]