Monthly Archives: June 2012

Metro Rail- The final option

1

Human’s life expectation can be decreased by many years if you travel daily in traffic congested cities.  Currently mass mobility involves using buses based on fossil fuel which generate excessive carbon emissions, dust and hazardous particle matters. If one were to add noise pollution a picture of a chaotic city emerges. The major cause for the above fact is vehicular pollution.

We can find huge amount of vehicles on Hyderabad roads giving out hazardous gases. Due to which the city is losing both its greenery and peace of mind.

The citizens demand a solution from Government on this issue. The government has planned to start a rapid metro rail transit system in the city which is eco-friendly. But some citizens remain confused and unaware about the project and its benefits. The need of the hour is to educate the public of the true nature of metro rail projects that are people friendly, eco-friendly, affordable and easily accessible. This will improve both health and economic conditions and increase longevity.

 

Increase in cycle users:

With the commencement of metro rails, the traffic and pollution problems may come down radically. The HMR is developing eco-friendly stations in all the 3 corridors.

Many citizens can use cycles as their mode of transport which improvises their health. Cycling is the best exercise to human muscles. It gives perfect fitness.

But, in present Hyderabad, most of them aren’t in a position to ride cycles and move free on the roads. So this would be possible only with metro rails. City planners must address this issue and make cycling a compulsory health fashion statement.

Too many vehicles in the city:

Too many users are contributing towards a traffic mess on the city roads. The growth of population and upwardly mobile aspirational goals is leading to a rapid increase in vehicular usage. This can come down with the help of metro rail. It’s every citizen’s right to enjoy mass public transport system. Now will this remain a dream or become a reality with the advent of metro rail in the City of Pearls is something for the citizens to decide.

Pedestrians not wanted:

Great cities started with wide pedestrian paths and limited width for horse drawn vehicles. Pedestrian path included outdoor chairs and tables for the proverbial cup of tea. In today’s modern city the opposite is true. Roads encroach pedestrian pathways, almost making them nonexistent. Using your feet to walk has become an insurance risk on our city pathways. For the purpose of safety many prefer motorized transport. Community walking trails around parks and in some residential complexes have become the only place to use our feet and get some exercise for both the body and soul. It’s time to walk before it becomes too late.

Pollution-The Green City Emerges

hyderabad metro rail

For a growing Metropolis like Hyderabad, the primary concern for the average citizen ,is a trouble free, pollution-less mass transport, that takes them from home to office, from point A to point B in the shortest possible time. When the choice becomes an Elevated Metro Rail Transport System then the chances for an eco-friendly addition becomes markedly improved. The situation at the ground level has assumed alarming dimensions. Vehicular traffic has thrown up choked streets fueled by dependence on fossil fuels. Fine grained dust, penetrates into the lung, airborne pollutants like soot mixed with smoke pour out from exhaust pipes to continuously fill the air, adding to long term health deterioration. So when a solution for the high density of traffic and consequent traffic snarls, blockages and increasing fumes around traffic signals is mooted, the one thought that engages the attention of a conscious citizen is …will the new Mass Rapid Transport System like a Metro Rail become part of the problem or be the solution the City of Hyderabad needs in the present time frame.

Luckily the City has chosen Elevated Metro Rail System which is by design a Green, eco-friendly architecture that assures not to increase existing levels. In a sense such a Metro can at once act as a catalyst to improve the travel experience in air-conditioned comfort, reduce wastage of time by an entire City that often has to wait for traffic to move at a snail’s pace and reduce the stress and strain such commuting delivers.

The spin-off benefits of fast movement in a pollution free way, could result in lesser health bills, less strain on the wallet, empower increased travel to visit monument, leisure places, tourism attraction points and generally improve the family life of a common man, not only from the City but even impact those who aspire to visit this historic city that is now on the IT MAP of the world. It has been said the City of Hyderabad is one of the most economical in terms of office
space, lease rentals for residential accommodation and the hub of a talent pool of professionals who gravitate from all parts of India to share the growth and drive progress of this City. As citizens of this city we can ask one question – Are We really Going to Get a Green Ride? The answer could be a resounding YES once we have the Metro Rail rushing to and fro in service of the common man.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Initiative for Translocation of Trees

translocation of trees

Trees play a very important role in protecting every other living being around them. All animals, birds, humans and plants require trees to survive. It is believed that every human-being requires the protection cover of 52 trees around him to support him. Most of our activities help to generate CO2 and other harmful gases which pollute the atmosphere around us. To counter the ill effects of these gases, we require a large number of trees. When urbanisation plans are made, we first look at translocating the trees to as close a distance as possible to the original place. However, if this is not possible the trees are taken and transplanted in and around the city. Once a large tree is uprooted, we try to plant a five-year-old tree in the vicinity, so that some ecological balance is maintained.

It is important for us educated citizens of the city, to make sure that trees are not indiscriminately cut and that the city is not depleted of its abundant green cover. We need to do this for our own sakes if not for the other living beings around us. Having understood this, a very important question arises: Should we cut full grown trees at all? How can we protect our trees and yet continue with road widening and house construction projects? Translocation of trees is probably the only answer to this serious problem. This process protects the trees from being cut. Through the process of translocation, trees can be saved and in turn, the lives of all other creatures dependent on them can be saved too.

In an effort to save tress during project implementation, the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd has managed to translocate 365 trees and planted over 10,000 saplings to provide different types of parks, including walker’s park and children’s parks creating a beautiful belt and beautifying it with greenery. The trees on the road central median where piers of metro rail are to come up have been translocated wherever possible, including at the Outer Ring Road. It is planned to translocate about 1000 trees and one lakh trees over the next two years to develop a green belt all along the periphery of depot lands, station locations and other facilities, and flower beds making use of the metro rail viaduct.

Russia completes India’s submarine modernisation programme

Marking the completion of a mid-life renovation programme for the Indian Navy’s Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines in Russia – the INS Sindhurakshak submarine came off the slips at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk on Saturday. INS Sindhurakshak, built in 1997 is the seventh and the last of the 10 Kilo-class submarines that India bought from Russia between 1986 and 2000 to have undergone mid-term repairs and modernisation in Russia.

This submarine has been accommodated with the tube-launched Club-S cruise missiles (effective against surface vessels and submarines at a range of about 200k) along with some Indian- made systems, including a hydro-acoustic “USHUS” complex, a CCS-MK radio-communication system and Porpoise Electronic Support Measures during a two-year in-depth modernization. After undergoing a series of sea trials and firing tests the submarine will be handed over to the Indian Navy later this year.