New urban transport policy on the anvil

New Delhi, Aug 1 | Updated: Aug 2 2005, 05:30am hrs
The government has proposed a national urban transport policy according priority to public and non-motorised transport, Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

Announcing this in a written reply, minister for urban development Ghulam Nabi Azad said the proposed policy also recommended integrated land use and transport planning as also the Central financial support through equity participation/viability gap funding for mass transit systems in large cities. The minister said the policy also proposes segregated tracks for bicycles and pedestrians, which would go a long way in addressing issues of road safety.

Urban renewal mission

There is a proposal to set up national urban renewal mission for select cities and an omnibus scheme urban infrastructure development scheme for small and medium towns for other cities to provide reform linked assistance for development of infrastructure including water supply, sewerage and solid waste management. Details of the aforesaid schemes have not been finalised, Mr Azad said.

Judicial accountability

Law and justice ministry is undertaking a study to establish a committee to ensure judicial accountability and to deal with the allegations of corruption on the line of Peers committee, the House was informed on Monday.

The enactment of the statute would depend upon the final outcome of the study, minister of state for law and justice K Venkatapathy said in a written reply.

Maharashtra rains

The unprecedented rains in Maharashtra had its echo in the Upper House with members voicing concern over huge loss of life and property and total disruption of normal activities in the countrys commercial capital.

Raising the issue during zero hour, senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan said over 1,000 people had lost their lives and damage was estimated to be around Rs 1,00,000 crore.

Responding to members concern, home minister Shivraj Patil agreed to a discussion on the issue on Tuesday.

Urdu channel in offing

The government has taken a decision to start an urdu channel, information and broadcasting minister S Jaipal Reddy informed the House on Monday. It was a necessity and we have taken a decision to start an urdu channel, he said answering supplementaries during question hour.