Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation, CRISIL and Delivering Change Foundation on Friday jointly organized a discussion on transport and communication system on the auspices of ‘Smart City’ project concept. The discussion was participated by Jeevan Suraksha Prakalpa’s Govind Rathi, Accident-Free Nagpur’s Rajiv Wagh, Janakrosh’s Ravindra Kaskhedikar, Shrikant Gudadhe, Ashok Karandikar, Ramesh Sahare, Baba Davre, Star Bus’s Ajinkya Parolkar, Taxi For Sure’s Abhimanyu Daga, NIT Town Planning Assistant Director Sunita Aloni, Abdul Salim, NMC’s Traffic Engineer Kantikumar Sonkusre.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of Transport Committee Sudhir (Bandu) Raut said that a bolstered public transport system is must to overcome increasing traffic and communication problems. But for this, cooperation and efforts from all quarters is necessary. There is also need to control ever increasing number of vehicles at one point or the other and awareness on this aspect, said Bandu Raut.
On the occasion, the Chairman of Transport Committee Raut, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jayant Dandegaonkar, CRISIL’s Laddha and Darshan Parekh took note of suggestions put forward by experts. A presentation on today’s Nagpur and Nagpur in 2030 was made at the meeting. Rajiv Wagh of Accident-Free Nagpur stressed the need for changing the mindset of citizens for making the transport and communication system more effective.
It is possible with the participation of voluntary organizations and public at large. Govind Rathi suggested removal of encroachments from squares for parking arrangements and controlling the number of two-wheelers. Sunita Aloni advocated ‘multi level roads’ since the city lacked effective public transport system. Ravindra Kaskhedikar also stressed the need for changing mindset of citizens for an effective public transport system. He also suggested increasing height of traffic signal poles.
Ashok Karandikar said that before asking citizens to follow traffic rules such kind of machinery should be set up. If the machinery is in place it should be followed strictly and if this happens then the public transport and communication could be made effective. Shrikant Gudadhe lamented that citizens are ready to pay charges for parking but the problem is that unauthorized persons recover parking charges and then the citizens park their vehicles haphazardly at any place. In the meeting suggestions were made regarding removal of encroachments, installation of CCTV cameras and other important facilities.