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Ranchi eyes rapid transit

Keep your fingers crossed. Ranchi’s transport system may get better in two years’ time.

If an MoU between the RMC and Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) on improved road use signed in February 2013 is any indication, capital roads are all set to become safer in 2016.

The ITDP is a US-based non-government non-profit organisation providing technical assistance to cities and local advocacy groups on sustainable transportation development throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

It focuses primarily on developing bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, strengthening the bicycle and rickshaw industries, and planning facilities for pedestrians.

Other programmes include traffic demand management, transport for healthcare access and service delivery, and sustainable urban development.

Having completed the initial phase of surveys and analysis to understand the city, its transportation system and people’s perception about traffic, the ITDP has now started drawing up a Ranchi Mobility Partnership (RMP).

The RMP will be a group of civil society organisations that will contribute to efforts of the ITDP in planning and implementation of a sustainable traffic and transport system.

Rajendra, one of the programme managers of the team that will look after the Ranchi project, said they had set a two-year target to offer citizens, through RMC, mobility options and effective parking management.

Being supported by the Oak Foundation, ITDP will look forward to the RMC’s cooperation in taking steps for improvement of the city traffic system.

Manoj Kumar, chief executive officer of RMC, said he was yet to meet the ITDP team since his predecessor signed the MoU. “Any help to improve traffic and manage space intelligently is welcome. At the same time, I must know what is going on since I am unaware of the MoU. Once briefed on the project, I too can add to ideas,” he added.