Monographs

      Footfalls: Obstacle Course to Livable Cities   Choc-A-Block: Parking Measures to Address Mobility Crisis         Avert the great guzzle: Fuel Economy Regulations: Setting the Principles Right   A report on the independent inspection of fuel quality at fuel dispensing stations, oil depots and tank lorries         Safety of CNG Buses in Delhi: Findings and Recommendations   The smokescreen of lies: Myths and facts about CNG         Engines of the Devil              

Why authorize it?

If it’s broken, don’t fix it. That’s the new motto of the government: forget it and build another. Do not sort out details. I am talking of what the government believes will form the spine of regulation in future. The flavour of the day is ‘authorities’: separate, independent institutions not bound by departmental morass, not tied down by procedures or personnel—the bane supposedly of any implementation or regulatory initiative. I think it is time to review this gelato of current governance.

We don't smell the air

I smelled the air of Bangalore last week. It was foul. I remembered how in the late 1990s, when Delhi’s air was dark and dirty, we had run an advertisement in the newspapers: “Roll down the window of your bullet-proof car, Mr Prime Minister, the security threat is not the gun it is the air of Delhi.” Since then Delhi introduced compressed natural gas, it increased the number of buses, it got better quality fuel. With all this, the air got less dirty and less toxic.