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Dream of a Subway

  • Dream of a Subway
    Dream of a Subway

After living in China for almost seven years one aspect which I always keep on comparing between India and China is the state of transportation in the cities of China. This comparison magnifies whenever I particularly step in to a subway or a metro station in any of the Chinese Cities. Now New Delhi having implemented the metro I always envisage when we have some thing like this in Assam .

Well even though it seems like a distant dream some times but I believe that it is not impossible . Well if you would like to replicate a MAGLEV train like the one from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the city travelling at a speed of 420 Kms per hour yes it is indeed a great vision for the future but implementing a metro for normal public transportation I would say Why not ? One of the reasons might be because of the fact that I have seen metros being implemented in quite a few tier two cities in China and it led me to envisage one around our dear Guwahati City.

Personally I would like to go green whenever possible but try to always avoid taking the metros during the peak office hours which is 8am-930am in the morning and 5;30pm to 6;30pm in the evening and only try to commute later or earlier then that in a bid to evade running and people pushing around,getting crammed and also argueing due to some of the said reasons. May be once to get a grasp of beijing life but not regularly.

Yes In china certain similarities are still visible with India at least in context to pushing around in buses, trains and even in flights at the time of boarding and deplaning ( which never the less always surprises me that Why on earth we are in a hurry for this ) but this cannot undermine the massive infrastructure which is built at least in all the major cities of China.

Beijing has the oldest metro network in mainland china and now already has around 15 lines, with 192 stations. The recently concluded LINE 6 ( name does not mean the number of lines ) would be operational in December 2012.

This line will connect 20 stations and be able to accommodate 1,960 people in a single run. That's more than can be carried in a single trip on any of the city's current subway lines .Line 6 will also be the fastest in the city's subway system, capable of reaching a speed of 100 km an hour. This is level where the progression of subway network in Beijing has reached. With a flat fare of RMB2 where you are allowed numerous stoppages to move around in the city I believe this is a exciting world of transportation.

How are the subways or metros advantageous . China's first subway went into operation in Beijing in 1969 followed by Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Apart from being the fastest mode of transportation in the city Subways have many advantages, including large-volume transport capacity, high efficiency levels and low energy consumption. They can also save land and boost economic development along the line. Now if it was 1969 in china I believe in 2012 why not in GUWAHATI. A Metro network moving serpentine amongst the landscapes of Guwahati will definitely be a sight to see. At least I would like realize this dream ........

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Prodip Borkakoty's picture

I am a Management Graduate currently heading the Indian Trade Lane for Logwin China which is a Global Supply Chain Management Company. I had a inclination towards writing (Prose & Poetry ). I try to scribble with my pen whenever possible.


Manoj Kumar Das's picture

Yes Prodip.. I remember the trip that we took to Su Zhou (sponsored by you) , travelling @33 kmph. and thank you for that. That was amazing. In fact my camera went haywire when I tried to cature in video of the racing panaroma. I also remember the rogue passenger who broke line and took away our taxi.Delhi has a good metro system now. Bombay, Bangalore, Chennai and many others are building own metro system. Guwahati is reported to be planning for 2 lines. Borjhar to Narengi and kachari to Khanapara.India is about 10 years behind China in Roads, 15 years in Rail. Airports are almost at par.China is an autocracy, while India is a democracy. In democracy it takes long to implement a project due to time taken to carry everyone along and satisfy all the parties, but then the changes ar epermanent.Wherever I have visited in India, there is a breakneck frenzy for development. Its only a matter of time. We should nto forget that 50 years back we were a nation of hungry millions. the country has done well in so many fronts. Development is the last frontier left to be conquered. Its happening anyway..!Too optimiostic..;)
Amit Duggal's picture

Dear Prodip, This is quiet impressive reading. You have done a lot of homework on the subject. and your vision is admirable. History suggest that all economic superpowers have thrived on only one thing, worldclass infrastructure, thats what whole of India need today to catch the bus for next phsae of growth. Your views are quiet optimistic, but lack of political will and vested interests of few individuals keep us away from the desired growth path. I sincerely hope that some day we have that strong leadership in our political rungs that will change our fate as a nation. Till then please keep the flame burning. Good luck brother....cheers Regards Amit Duggal

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