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Delhi city transport: Sensing opportunity in adversity

A couple of years ago, at an environmental colloquium in Tarragona, Spain, I sat through the presentation of a Columbian activist who spoke about the public transportation system in the city of Bogota in Columbia. He mentioned the challenges—social, political and most important, economic—faced in building a public transportation system, which was later adopted by cities across the world as a model. While listening, I wondered if Delhi, having almost the same area as that of Bogota but twice as populated, could adopt a similar model, which was supremely efficient and cost effective as well [...]