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New Metro Rail Policy released: Hardeep Singh Puri

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New Delhi, Sep 17: Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday released the new Metro Rail Policy that focuses on minimising the use of personal motorised transport and provides “useful guidance on making viable metro rail proposals”.

The policy was approved by the Union Cabinet last month.

Expressing concern over poor public transport infrastructure in cities, Puri stressed on the need for integrated land use and transport planning with the objective of promoting compact and dense urban development to minimise the use of personal motorised transport.

“It is difficult to imagine Delhi without Metro Rail which is now carrying about 30 lakh passengers every day,” he said.

The Minister’s observation came at a national dissemination workshop on new Metro Rail Policy that was attended by senior officials from different states and chief executives of Metro Rail Corporations from across the country.

“The new Metro Rail Policy provides useful guidance on making viable metro rail proposals. Sanctioning an unviable proposal tends to pull down the entire system of a city,” he added.

Stating that Metro Rail is not an end in itself to solve urban mobility problems but only one of the means, Puri called for a holistic approach with proper integration of various modes of transport based on local context.

He observed that while the developed countries are going back to cycles, developing countries like India are relying more on cars.

Noting that there were 825 million cars in the world in 2010 and this is expected to rise to 1,600 million in 2035 and to 2,100 million in 2050 with the potential of bringing cities to a grinding halt, he said that investment in developing cycling and walking pathways makes good urban investment.

Expressing concern over what he called the “crisis-like situation” with regard to urban mobility, Puri urged all the states to set up Unified Metropolitan Transport Authorities (UMTA) in all the 53 cities with over million population to ensure integration among all modes of transport on a regional basis.

The Minister noted only 14 cities have set up UMTA so far though the National Urban Transport Policy in 2006 prescribed it. (IANS)

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system (Image:wikipedia)

Chennai, November 2, 2017: Thane in Maharashtra will be the first Indian city to be assessed for potential for implementation of district cooling system, said the Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss A/S.

In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)

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