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Tuesday , 9 April 2024

Editors Page April – May 2019

Mangala Chandran

Post-election, road and infrastructure sector has a lot to cheer because of the continuity it can expect in terms of policies and implementation. The Minister Nitin Gadkari has already unveiled his plans for highways & world class expressways and promotion of vehicles running on alternative fuel. He has also set a new target of laying 40km of road everyday over the next one-and-a-half years. During a media briefing he said that 125Cr trees would be planted along the roads in the next five years. He will focus on road side amenities which form a very important element in highway travel.

The increased focus on future mobility is supported by the government’s plan to create a specialised workforce to aid the electric mobility industry. The blueprint aims at generating 10 million jobs.

Along with hastened capacity building, India faces the challenge of keeping pace with global trend in future mobility. We are moving swiftly to put electric vehicles on roads; we also have to address shared mobility, connectivity and high-speed travel modes. This issue of TrafficInfraTech looks at how India is looking at the coming in of connected cars which offer a great opportunity to develop safer cities.

Under the Capital Region Development Project, Thiruvananthapuram city has been undergoing a marked improvement. We have this time a detailed report on the outer area growth corridor conceived as a mobility and investment initiative.

As we are gearing towards the 8th edition of TrafficInfraTech Expo and Parking InfraTech Expo to be held in November this year, there is a focused effort to facilitate showcasing of future mobility solutions and technologies. The three-day Conference will also have mix of presentations, discussions and debates to deliberate the transition from smart mobility to smarter mobility of tomorrow.

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