Free Press Journal
  • Bhopal: Public transport would help reduce fuel use

    Despite abnormal rise in fuel price and protest bandh by various political outfits, there is no fall in sale of vehicles. Residents in the state capital still want to own cars and bikes. The total number of vehicles in the city jumped to 10.80 lakhs in 2015 from a mere 3.09 lakh in the year 2001. Similarly, the state figure also posted a record increase. The total number of 2-wheelers in the

  • Bharat Bandh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Mira Road, Bhayandar, MNS, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,

    Little impact on public transport

    Mumbai: Mumbaikars did not have a tough commute during the Bharat Bandh, as public transport services were hardly affected on Monday. Local train services were delayed by 15 minutes, according to railway officials, which, regular commuters can vouch for, is routine. Trains were halted briefly and petrol pumps were forced shut in parts of Mumbai on Monday, even as public vehicles, including buses, autorickshaws and taxis, plied normally. “Nearly 90-95 per cent

  • One-nation-one-card for public transport soon: NITI Aayog

    New Delhi: India will shortly unveil a one-nation-one-card policy for public transport that will bring seamless connectivity between various modes of transport, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday. He said a robust transportation sector was the backbone for the development of any economy, especially for a densely populated developing country like India, and the focus of the nation’s mobility strategy was on sustainable modes of public transport, transport-oriented planning and digitisation.

  • BEST: Public utility v/s profitable enterprise

    An impassioned and angry letter by the renowned author Kiran Nagarkar questioning the decline of the BEST public transport system has led to an outpouring of support for what was once considered one of the best transport systems in the world. Newspaper, Mumbai Mirror, published the open letter to the Mumbai Municipal Commissioner who chose to provide an equally public reply.

  • Bengal: Lukewarm response to Left strike

    Kolkata : The Left-sponsored six-hour general strike in West Bengal evoked lukewarm response on Friday as people came out in numbers on the streets while public transport was available in the city and suburbs amid tight security arrangements.

  • Bharat bandh: Transport services in Mumbai unlikely to be affected

    Mumbai: As the maximum city is gearing up for yet another protest, Public transport in Mumbai would not be affected Monday when several Dalit groups have called a Bharat bandh to protest against the dilution of provisions in the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. As many as 800 Left-wing supporters would take out a rally from Dadar’s Kotwal Udyan till Chaityabhoomi Monday evening.

  • FAME II to get Rs 8,730 cr govt financial support

    New Delhi : The government is likely to extend financial support of Rs 8,730 crore for the second phase of the FAME India spanning five years but the incentives will be restricted to new energy vehicles used for public transport, commercial purposes and high-speed two-wheelers.

  • Growth rebounds, comparison with China unrealistic

    India lags behind China on the level of several infrastructure and social development indicators: power, water supply, public transport, roads, literacy rate, life expectancy at birth, healthcare and poverty.

  • Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty as terrorism trial opens

    Stockholm : An Uzbek asylum seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down “infidels” in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday as his trial opened.

  • indore, madhya pradesh, DPS bus, safety norm violation, public transport

    Indore: 8 buses among 25 vehicles seized for safety norms violation

    Indore: Continuing action against school buses and other public transport vehicles, city traffic police on Tuesday seized 25 vehicles including eight buses for violating norms. Police launched the checking drive early in the morning in both eastern and western parts of the city and apart from seizing errant vehicles also served challans to as many as 60 vehicles including 40 buses.

  • Mumbai bandh first person account: ‘Rail roko’ can’t stop a reporter

    Mumbai: It was not a usual day, as the Dalit groups had called for Maharashtra bandh which left the entire city in lurch, including reporters. Covering the incidents that disrupt the city’s public transport gives us fodder for our stories but also proves a hurdle in reaching our destinations on time. I started my day at 10.30 am from Badlapur and after waiting for nearly half-an- hour boarded a slow train. Initially everything

  • Indore: Bus drivers pledge for safe and responsible driving

    Indore: In the wake of rising safety issues in public transport, especially concerning women, a city-based NGO Jwala organised an oath taking ceremony for drivers and conductors of public buses and other vehicles at AiCTSL office on Thursday. The ceremony, aimed at reminding bus conductors and drivers about their responsibilities towards passengers as well as the commuters, was aptly named ‘Mai Rakshak’.

  • Singapore to freeze number of cars on its roads

    Singapore : Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year but vowed to expand public transport.

  • CM Devendra Fadnavis attends TBM lowering at Mahim, announces one app for all modes of public transport

    Mumbai: A new application will be launched for all modes of public transport as the state government plans to provide a one-stop solution for commuters. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, announced that the state has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a company Ford mobility services for this application during the lowering of the first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for Metro III (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) line.

  • Life limping back to normalcy in Bengal’s violence-hit region

    Kolkata : Life in the communal violence-hit areas of West Bengal’s north 24 Parganas district was on Thursday limping back to normalcy after remaining tense for the last three days. In Baduria, Banstala and Tetulia the worst affected areas in Basirhat sub-division, some roadside shops opened and public transport commenced plying.