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Interview with: Harish Baijal, A crusade against drunk-driving The Mumbai Experiment

Early 2008, on testing positive for drunk driving at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, an investment banker threw notes worth Rs 2000 on the traffic constable who had apprehended him. Harish Baijal, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), was so miffed with the audacity of the Honda Accord owner that he personally argued the case in court resulting in the ...

Hybrid car that runs at 140kmph in 10 seconds

Spanish company TECNALIA (The Tecnalia Technological Corporation) recently presented its experimental vehicle DYNACAR®— an electric car that can reach a speed of 140 kilometres per hour in 10 seconds. TECNALIA had been working on enhanced configuration and virtual evaluation tools that enable the development and integration of new solutions for hybrid and fully electric vehicles since the last five years. ...

Road Safety in a new light

3M's retroreflective sheeting technology has transformed the science of light reflectivity on the roads and plays a significant role in road safety.

T3 – Setting a new global benchmark

The new gateway to India – Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport – commissioned in July this year, has set new global benchmarks in the aviation industry. After Dubai and Beijing, T3 is the world’s third largest terminal in terms of size. With many firsts to its credit, the $3 billion terminal spread over 5.2 million sqft has ...

Road safety message via films at cinema halls

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made it mandatory for cinema hall management to screen a few short films on road safety before showing the feature films. The three-minute films on various subjects dealing with road safety are made by the Indian chapter of International Road Federation (IRF), a Geneva-based forum that advocates better and safer roads, and NDTV. ...

Travel on Expressways to get easy

As road transport will play a significant role in sustaining the economic momentum of the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has prepared a master plan for the development of Expressways Network. As per the plan, based on financial viability, relative traffic intensity along with various corridor segments, network comprehensiveness, connectivity and relative economic potential, the expressway ...

Korean High-Speed Trains

Equipped with Westcode Semiconductors’ insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and high-power fast recovery diode technology, a new high speed train in Korea – Korail – will be able to run at a speed of 330kmph with a 0-300kmph acceleration time of 316 seconds. The technology, developed in collaboration with Hyundai Heavy Industry for Korea’s national train operator, Korail also features ...

Cable stayed-bridge

For its Mumbai Metro project on Jog Flyover across the Western Express Highway in Andheri, the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to erect a cable-stayed bridge. Construction of the 38-metre-high, 175-metre-long Bridge, is likely to be completed by February 2011.

Road Safety Plan

Government is working on finalising a complete Road Safety Action Plan. This follows the introduction of a bill to create a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board in the Lok Sabha in May this year. The government intends to make an annual provision of Rs.250 crore for the plan. The mandate for the bill is conducting of regular safety ...

Electronic toll collection system by 2012

An electronic toll collection (ETC) system, to be introduced by the government in 2010, will not only help save fuel but also reduce commuting time. The equipment to be used for the system is based on Radio Frequency Identification technology. It will transmit the identity of an object or a person by wireless, using radio waves, to the data centre. ...