15 JUN,2020 | MEDC
Public transportation across the country is likely to witness a sea change in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. If social distancing is to be maintained, new transport strategies will need to focus on decongesting metropolitan areas and offer environmentally friendly mobility solutions. In this context, the development of electric vehicles will pay a major role. Of course, they need a lot of background infrastructure which will now need to be constructed on a war footing. As most urban trips are less than five kilometres, the use of non-motorised vehicles (like bicycles) will also need to be stressed. Many developed countries have already started work on this front. For example, New York has added 40 miles of new non-motorised transport lanes to support cyclists. In the UK, local businesses have relocated from road space for pedestrians to allow residents to respect social distancing guidelines. India will need to take a cue from these developments and accordingly devise its indigenous transportation strategies.
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