Letters to the editor

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Published: September 21, 2015 12:16:35 AM

The road ahead

The road ahead
This refers to the report “A smart road for the commuter” (FE, September 16). The intelligent transport system (ITS) for the Outer Ring Road, Hyderabad, with its components like information on traffic flow, road condition, details of accidents and weather condition will help in traffic management, leading to benefits like regulated speeds of vehicles, reduction in stoppages, travel time and decrease in accidents and pollution levels. Traffic jams result in loss of precious imported fuel and also contribute to environment pollution. A similar system should be implemented for Mumbai and other cities in India. At present, private FM radio stations give traffic updates to motorists at regular intervals. What is also needed is smart signal systems which can direct traffic on a particular stretch of road, depending on vehicular density, instead of synchronised signals, which direct traffic all over the city, regardless of density of vehicles at different roads. Cities abroad are planning to install battery chargers on the road which can help a lot electric vehicles. Electric vehicles do not find takers in India due to the complete lack of charging points. Our roads should be user-friendly for the disabled and we need talking signals for the vision-challenged. All efforts should be made to reduce the number of accidents on roads.
Deendayal M Lulla

Getting investment back
Apropos of the column “India’s investment slowdown” (FE, September 18), it is clear that India Inc’s acche din are still some distance away. In the current context, the onus lies squarely on the government to make the conditions conducive to doing business. Crucial reforms such as GST are the Centre’s burden; so, it has to stitch together some sort of understanding with the Opposition to make sure that the Bill passes. On land acquisition, the states need to move and make it easier for industry to get land.
Prahlad Bhasin

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