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Christian Science Monitor talks about Mumbai’s transport on the eve of Rio+20:

Among Indian cities, Mumbai is geographically unique. The port city has relied on an extensive railway system to bring workers from the suburbs in the north more than 37 miles to the business district in the south. “Access is what made Mumbai productive and prosperous,” Mr. Mokashi says.

An upgrade to the 100-year-old train system is just one of several multibillion-dollar projects under way to expand rail and road capacity. Suburban trains are often called Mumbai’s lifeline, carrying up to 7.4 million passengers daily. When they break down, as they did one day last month, traffic surges and business slows.

Each of the aging train cars was designed to hold 1,750 people, but they have been known to hold up to 5,000 during rush hour, a crush that’s been eased slightly by upgrades funded by the $1.06 billion World Bank-financed Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

Apparently it’s not only humans who need transport.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

June 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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