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  • Reply to: Techno-modalism: In the pursuit of equality and liberty in Transport   1 month 6 days ago

    Great article!

  • Reply to: Techno-modalism: In the pursuit of equality and liberty in Transport   1 month 6 days ago

    Nice eulogy, Rakesh, for an iconic car, and great tie-in with the roads vs transit debate. I like the term "techo-modalism".

  • Reply to: Techno-modalism: In the pursuit of equality and liberty in Transport   1 month 6 days ago

    I do miss the ambassador rides and whenever I visit Kolkata, am happy to see them, hanging on to their last breath. Probably the only city in India where they still regarded, affectionately. I wish ambassador cars and hmt watches would have modernized themselves to stick on to the present. But yes with the comfortable metro rides who needs a private transport anymore, so does the need to rely more on the cell phones for time management than wrist watches. Good to go with anything that is good for the environment.

  • Reply to: What are some critical innovations for improving port-hinterland connectivity?   2 months 2 weeks ago

    As your taxi leaves the line of trucks behind, you realize that you could be in any port-city in India or, for that matter, in China, USA or Europe. The types and number of trucks, and the freight carried may vary, but the challenges of port-generated traffic affecting the city hinterland is common.
    With the development of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and National Waterways 1 project, container and goods traffic at the ports of Kolkata and Haldia will only increase. A team of logistics experts and researchers from the World Bank, Stellenbosh University and STC-Nestra are exploring the use of an extended gate that would allow long haul traffic to be directly evacuated from the port to an extended gate.
    In order for trade to continue growing in the future, port-hinterland connectivity must become a part of port strategy, planning and management. In this context, the port is part of the greater logistics chain where logistics and multimodal transport corridor issues are considered in parallel. The extended gate provides a great opportunity to increase port capacity and improve transportation of goods between the port and the hinterland.

  • Reply to: Four things not to miss in shaping the new Global Action Agenda for Transport   2 months 3 weeks ago

    Accountability and transparency in the transport sector is of paramount importance if we are to achieve global transport safety.