Kakodkar, with other scientists and researchers, unveiled 'Transport Vision 2035', a document that outlines the technology road map for transportation — road, rail, air, and water.
"Many things in our country are vendor-driven," Kakodkar said, adding that this can trigger illogical technology development. "The personalized passenger vehicle has seen exponential growth in recent years, far in excess of the capacity of our roads. While this happened, we seem to have neglected mass transportation, which is such an important thing. The burden on our infrastructure would not have happened if the latter was catered to," he explained.
Kakodkar also touched upon energy efficiency. "While rail transport is 20 times more efficient than road transport in terms of cargo haulage per tonne, it has been ignored. Even the infrastructural cost of 1km of road-laying is much more expensive than that of 1km of railway tracks. We need to present all this data to policymakers in a proper way," he said.
Kakodkar, who is the chairman of the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), also spoke about the future of mass transport. "This [multi-modal transport] combined with integrated intelligence is extremely important, and can bring efficiencies of a large kind. In a foreign country that has had such intermodal transport system for a long time, one can move around in a bus, train, or tram using the same ticket. We have been unable to do this," he said. Prabhat Ranjan, TIFAC executive director; Ashwini Kumar Nangia, director of National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL); Gautam Goswami, head of the TV 2035 exercise; Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director, Automotive Research Association of India(ARAI) and Shrikant Marathe, chairman of the advisory committee for the exercise, also spoke at the conclave, held as part of ARAI's golden jubilee celebration.
Source - Times Of India