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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #61
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map guru!!

have you read edward tufte?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #62
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Well done Plane Mad...couldn't have designed it better myself and is much better than the map currently on DMRC web-site.

I can see better now which lines are under construction and which ones are operating.

Although the blue line for the airport could have had more stations I think even thou construction is going ahead.

In fact every country in the world as took inspiration from the London Underground map as is even been hailed as of the greatest designs of the 20th Century.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #63
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PM, lovely map indeed. It is a shame that the DMRC didn't reply to you.. especially if their map resembles something similar to yours
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Old May 12th, 2007, 12:57 AM   #64
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DMRC has never replied back to any of my queries or requests to update their picture gallery section to provide latest construction pics. Their map and Plane Mad's map are worlds apart. Seriously PlaneMad,thats one sweet map
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Old May 12th, 2007, 01:16 PM   #65
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Thanks fellas, i will need to update that map one of these days. Anyhow im looking forward to those DDTC maps.
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Old May 13th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #66
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That's a great map PlaneMad. It's a shame that DMRC did not contact you. You shoud have directly contacted Sridharan. This was your invention and copyright!
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Old May 13th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #67
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DMRC has never replied back to any of my queries or requests to update their picture gallery section to provide latest construction pics. Their map and Plane Mad's map are worlds apart. Seriously PlaneMad,thats one sweet map
I laugh at the so-called professionals for the DMRC map
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Old May 15th, 2007, 02:46 AM   #68
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Metro rail projects to get MCA now

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NEW DELHI, MAY 14: To bring consistency and transparency in the execution of urban transport projects, the government is planning to introduce a model concession agreement (MCA) for metro rail projects across the country.

To be signed between the state government and a private player, the agreement will be for a period of 35 years. Of this period, the player will have five years for construction and another 30 years for operation.

The agreement will be for both construction and operation and maintenance of the project.

Commenting on the move, a government official said, “We want to bring about some amount of standardisation in the process of selecting a bidder and in constructing the metro rail system as well.

We hope the MCA will help in this.”

The MCA is in the final stages of drafting and will be adopted by the government soon and will be the standard document to be signed for all metro rail projects.

Line 2 of the Mumbai metro rail project and the Hyderabad metro project will be amongst the first projects expected to use the MCA, the official added.


The decision is significant given the fact that the finance ministry’s reservations on some clauses of the concession agreement for Line 1 of the Mumbai metro rail system.

It is estimated that over 26 cities in the country require a mass rapid transit system. Six cities including Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmdabad and Mumbai have already opted for it. Delhi and Kolkatta have operational metro rail systems.

With this in mind, the government has been working out a number of measures to bring about uniformity in the execution of these projects.

It is planning to bring all metro rail systems across the country under the purview of a single central authority.
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• The agreement will be signed between the state government and a private player for 35 years
• Of this period, the player will have five years for construction and another 30 years for operation
• The MCA, to be adopted by the govt soon will be the standard document to be signed for all projects
• It is estimated that over 26 cities in the country require a mass rapid transit system
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:32 AM   #69
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BEST’s double-decker buses are here to stay

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Mumbai, May 14: In a bid to preserve the essence of Mumbai's transport lifeline over its economical gains, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking is all set to add 50 new double-decker buses in its fleet.

“Double-decker buses are the pride of Mumbai’s transport and we wish to preserve them. We will buy 50 new double-decker buses this year,” said BEST general manager Uttam Khobragade. The BEST had termed the landmark double-decker buses as uneconomical and were also on the verge of being scrapped off.

According to BEST Committee member Pravin Chheda, “Though double-decker buses are uneconomical, they are an integral part of city’s transport history and cannot be phased out. We will maintain certain number of these buses in the city.” According to senior BEST officials, the 50 new double-deckers will hit the Mumbai roads in around two months. “The tenders have been called and we expect the buses to arrive by mid July,” said an official. BEST officials were working out a solution as to how can they maintain the fleet with minimum loss. “Running double-decker buses is highly uneconomical but we shall find out a workable solution towards it,” official said.

Currently, BEST has over 140 double-decker buses in its fleet of 3,400 buses. In November 2006, BEST finally bowed down to pressure from citizens and its committee members and agreed to maintain a minimum fleet of at least 200 double decker buses, which were introduced way back in 1937 .

“Double-deckers have always been Mumbai's landmark and hence, we had asked the undertaking to maintain a minimum fleet of 200 buses,” said BEST Committee member Ravi Raja.

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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #70
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MSRTC depots, bus stations may soon get CCTVs, metal detectors

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is planning to install close circuit televisions (CCTVs) and door frame metal detectors at each of its 247 depots and 570 bus stations across the state.

Installation cost for enhanced security system is estimated at Rs 31 crore.

If the proposal is approved, the security system along with the cost of man power, electronic equipment, and its maintenance will cost Rs 120 crore per year.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 01:50 PM   #71
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Cool, wonder how these new double deckers will look?

Hope they follow the example of Hong Kong double deckers as they huge.

Even european double deckers like the ones in London would be good for Mumbai.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 03:47 PM   #72
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Best should now introduce some better quality DD buses

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Old May 17th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #73
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New fleet of buses for Delhi soon

The city’s roads will soon get a new fleet of public buses to replace the Bluelines. The Delhi Government is set to invite expressions of interest from corporate houses to run 3,000 private buses, Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said on Wednesday.

Yusuf said the existing 4,500-odd Bluelines, as well as the ageing DTC fleet, are scheduled to be phased out by 2009, before the Commonwealth Games.

“We will also take a decision on whether buses can become advertising spaces similar to what happens in Singapore,” he said.

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Old May 17th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #74
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SC stays HC order on low-floor buses

Meanwhile, The Supreme Court today stayed a Delhi High Court order that made it mandatory for all buses in the Capital to have low-floor body as a precondition for their registration with the State Transport Authority.

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New Delhi, May 16: The city’s roads will soon get a new fleet of public buses to replace the Bluelines. The Delhi Government is set to invite expressions of interest from corporate houses to run 3,000 private buses, Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said on Wednesday. Yusuf said the idea of private sector participation in running buses was taken in view of the success of radio-taxis.

Calling the Blueline buses “rude and unsafe”, Yusuf said the government plans to phase them out by 2009. “The problem with Delhi’s buses right now is that each owner runs a Blueline — there is no structure, accountability or service in terms of comfort and safety. We have already suggested that all 800-odd private operators form a cooperative to run the (new fleet of) buses. “We will also invite corporate houses to run buses in the manner of radio-taxis. From our experience, service provided is much better when one big firm operates a fleet; the drivers are also more accountable.” And in case something goes wrong, he said, the government would be able to prosecute the company instead of individual drivers, thereby increasing accountability. Officials said once corporate entities come in, public buses are set to become more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, for the private parties would be allowed to bring in new designs. Yusuf said the existing 4,500-odd Bluelines, as well as the ageing DTC fleet, are scheduled to be phased out by 2009, before the Commonwealth Games. “We will also take a decision on whether buses can become advertising spaces similar to what happens in Singapore,” he said. “The private players will be able to earn revenue from this and can maintain the buses better. “The buses will also look better once we allow advertising on the body.” Meanwhile, the transport department is looking at launching a premium bus service in the city. While the concept already exists, officials said it never took off the way it should have. According to officials, the government is procuring 25 air-conditioned buses that will be used on these premium, or “limited service” routes. The ticket rate would be a flat Rs 10, officials said.
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Delhi: High-capacity bus corridors create storm
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Delhi's new high-capacity buses have landed in controversy as trees are being removed to make room for them.

High-capacity buses, which are being pitched as an alternative to the Metro, currently operate on two routes where there are no traffic lights.

Meanwhile, construction across the city is clearing the way for three more routes to swing into action by December.

But it hasn't been a smooth ride so far. The first route alone will cost Delhi 1500 trees. Environmentalists project that thousands more will be chopped down.

''Cutting down of trees at what cost? Much of this was avoidable if only they had surveyed the area better. The need is to have environment to be an integral part of the planning process which it is not and compensatory afforestation does not work,'' said Ravi Agarwal, environmentalist.

Trees uprooted

And all the government will say on record is that for every tree uprooted, it will plant 10 new ones at a 19 acre plot on the outskirts of Delhi.

''We have taken clearance for 19 acre of land from the environment department. Panchayat stakeholders have also approved the handover. But there are also other concerns about these high-capacity buses,'' said Haroon Yusuf, Delhi Transport Minister.

But there are also other concerns about these high-capacity buses. With nearly a 1000 vehicles being added to the city's streets everyday, the road space is shrinking by the hour and Delhi doesn't have wide enough roads to accommodate them, say experts.

''This is bad planning. It isn't just about the trees. The buses will eat into the existing road space leading to more congestion,'' said HS Suri, Urban Planner.

A ticket on one of the buses currently cost between Rs 10 to 15, that's twice as expensive as a regular DTC bus. But it's slowly winning over some supporters.

''The low floor makes it easier for women and elderly to board the bus. It is expensive, but it is a great convenience,'' said Yuvraj Kumar, passenger.

''It is good for the physically-challenged,'' said Khaled, conductor.

But it may take longer for environmentalists and town planners to get on board.
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'City Swaps' tourist buses in Bangalore

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'City Swaps' tourist buses in Bangalore


Design is almost the same as the open air sightseeing buses of London...good news for Bangalore
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Design is almost the same as the open air sightseeing buses of London...good news for Bangalore
Yeah pretty much comparable with the London tour buses




BTW, here is the website for Bangalore city swaps
http://www.cityswaps.in/

check out the photo gallery
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Very nice.

other cities should also have something similair too!
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