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Court in Delhi says yes to BRT

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http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/10/19/court-hails-bus-says-yes-to-brt/

The court concluded that the “bitter” medicine of improving public transport was the only long-term solution to Delhi’s traffic woes.

“There being no scope to expand the width of the existing roads and the population of Delhi continuously in the increase, we see no escape from the fact that the citizens of Delhi have to, one day or the other, use public transport,” the bench said.

And in spite of its admonition that this case was not about class, the bench did respond directly to Mr. Sharan’s arguments on behalf of the Indian capital’s wealth creators.

“These ‘wealth creators,’ we are sure would like to live in a developed country,” said the bench. “A developed country is not one where the poor own cars. It is one where the rich use public transport.”

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Agreed. Would have been awful to have the country agree with the argument that cars need all of the space they can get because the few who are in cars are more important than the many who are in buses.

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