- Aug 16, 2014
Indian cities are NOT built and spread like Chinese cities. I have worked there and seen chinese cities. They are suitable for big lines of Metros and also they have no issue with funds. Chinese have already moved away from personal transport to using public transport for commuting to offices and colleges.Chinese had set the standard that every city with 3M+ population will have metros. Then they increased that to cover 1.5M+ population cities as well. Ofc its China, so ROI might not really be a factor in these plans.
Looking at that, maybe every Indian city with 2M+ population should get a metro? Another thing to consider is that more of these urban folks would become able to buy personal vehicles as incomes rise in India. Maybe these Metro systems will preempt that vehicle explosion thereby controlling it?
Beijing and Shanghai are having 600KM+ metro lines because the cities are freakingly huge and well spaced out, It is not like the kachchi colonies of Indian cities with 1000s of people crammed into small area.