Lessons in transport management

We need a new culture of energy conservation, prime minister Manmohan Singh said in his Independence Day speech this year. He said this in recognition of India's dwindling natural resource base as also in the context of the challenge of climate change that the world is facing.

Almost exactly a week later, the chief minister of Delhi is reported to have told the deputy chairman of the planning commission that the eastern and western peripheral highways need to be completed at the earliest to avoid the threat of Delhi's traffic system collapsing due to the rapidly increasing vehicular population in the capital — which co-uld happen in a short span of two years!

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