The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) recently signed an MoU with Transport for London (TFL). Looking to draw from TFL’s expertise and revamp the public transport architecture in the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, that the country needs a good transport policy to promote an efficient public transport system. Terming an effective public transport system as one that runs on electricity or on alternate fuels among other indigenously produced fuels like methanol, ethanol, and bio-diesel, the minister drew attention to such a system as also being cost effective. The move is expected to also help the government improve major procurement strategies including PPP models for operations, infrastructure maintenance strategies, infrastructure design, and delivery besides promoting a positive perception of public transport. TFL has a unique system of operating buses in PPP model with over 17 operators under a single brand. A salient feature has been their double-decker bus known the world over for its high capacity with low road space requirement and quality build. TFL additionally also operates electric and hybrid buses. A common mobility card is another successful product launched by TFL.

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