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India Transport Portal Newsletter - June, 2013

India Transport Portal Newsletter - June, 2013

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A month in the India Transport Sector (No 25)
 
 June, 2013
 
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HONDA AND HYUNDAI ANNOUNCE CAR PRICE HIKE
Automobile giants Honda and Hyundai recentlyannounced a price hike across several models oftheir cars in India. Starting April, those choosing tobuy car models including the Brio, Elantra, HondaCity and the CR-V will have to dig into their pockets a littledeeper.
FUEL PRICES IN INDIA FAR FROM STABLE
In January, the price of diesel in India was increasedby Rs.0.45/litre excluding taxes. To minimise its fuelsale losses, the Indian Government asked state-owned oil firms to increase the price of subsidiseddiesel each month. The diesel price is now one and a halfrupees more expensive than it was in January.
INCREASED TOLLS ON THE MUMBAI-PUNE EXPRESSWAY
As of April, motorists will have to pay more to travelon the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The toll for four-wheelers has been increased from 140 INR to 165(approx. 3 USD) for a one way trip on theexpressway. While busses will be expected to pay 485 INR(approx. 9 UDS) per trip, trucks will have to pay 354 INR(approx. 6.5 USD). For multi-axle vehicles, the toll rate hasbeen increased to 1100 INR (approx. 20 USD).
MUMBAI’S BUS FARES T
O BE INCREASED
As of April, Mumbai commuters will have to shellout a little extra for tickets on their regular busroutes on municipal busses. According to theannouncement by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply &Transport (BEST), boarding state-run busses willtypically cost 20% more per person. In November 2012, BESTdecided to raise ticket prices for ordinary busses by 1 INR andby 5 INR for air-conditioned busses from April.
Inflation, inflation everywhere. Regardingthe automotive industry, car sales havebeen dropping steadily. But on an other hand, car makers such as Honda andHyundai recently announced another round of car price hike in April. MarutiSuzuki India also said it currently studyingthe implications of the OBD compliancechanges. And fuel prices in India are far from stable. Despite the diesel increase, theoil firms still lose money on diesel, LPG andgas. In December 2013, the projectedgrowth in diesel price should reachRs53.15. But as said, every part is affectedsuch as the Mumbai bus fares or Mumbai-Pune toll expressway.On a macro perspective, the Reserve Bankof India did not change the repurchase ratebecause a weakening exchange rate wouldspur price increases. The rupee has lost 7percent this quarter and
is the worst Asia’s11 most trades currencies performer. India’s
consumer-price index rose 9 percent inMay (only 2% in China).But, as says Mark Mobius, ExecutiveChairman, Templeton Emerging Market
Group “
When it comes to emerging markets, you must remember that the average growth for emerging markets is five times that of the US. Many of the developed markets and emerging markets are growing at an average of 5%.
” Never 
forget that a 5% is not bad growth for a 1.2billion population economy. Inflation is notthe only key indicator.
FOCUS: TRANSPORTATION COSTS
 
EDITORIAL
 
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INDIAN RAILWAYS ENTERS BILLION PLUS CLUB
Indian Railways created history as it joined theBillion Tonne Plus club of some of the mostadvanced railway networks of the world for theyear 2012-2013. This is no mean feat for one of thelargest rail networks of the world considering theslow economic growth affecting most markets across theglobe. Railway networks in the United States, Russia andChina are currently the only other members of this club.
RAILWAY BUDGET 2013-14 UNVEILED
Connecting such an immense and diverse countryand carrying more than 25 million passengers daily,Indian Railways, one of the largest rail networks inthe world, is an integral part of Indian life. It istherefore no surprise that Indians have been waiting eagerlyfor the Railway budget, as any major change will necessarilyimpact the lives of millions.
SPECIAL TRAINS FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
With summer approaching, Indian Railways isgearing up to start special trains to handle theincreased number of travellers. With schoolsannouncing fairly long holidays across thecountry, the summer is the perfect time for longholidays away from home.
BRITAIN TO HELP BUILD MUMBAI METRO RAIL
The Mumbai Metro rail project is set to benefitfrom the rich and vast experience of one of theworld's foremost underground systems
 – 
theLondon Tube. Recently, Transport for London(TFL), the British organisation managing transport servicesacross the city of London has signed a Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MoU) to help develop and operate theMetro Rail system in the Indian city of Mumbai.
ALSTOM REVEALS STRATEGY FORINDIA
Alstom is the unrivalledleader in power transmissionand is equipped to meetfuture demands of thenation. With a lot of firsts in theelectricity generation sector, thecompany is eager to do more in therailway transportation business in thenear future.
 
HONDA TO EXPORT DIESEL ENGINECOMPONENTS FROM INDIA
Honda has decided toramp up its operations inIndia by creating aproduction base in thecountry for diesel enginecomponents. As the company plansto double its exports of engine partsand components to the Europeanand Asian markets, its Indianmanufacturing facility at Tapukara inRajasthan seemed the obviouscandidate to take on the newproduction.
DAIMLER INDIA INTRODUCES THREELIGHT-DUTY TRUCKS
Daimler AG, the
world’s
largest truck manufacturer withpresence in around150 countries, has launched three ofits light-duty trucks. The 914 and 1214are to cater to the haulage segmentwhereas the 1217 is targeted at thegrowing construction market in India.It wants to introduce one modelvariant per month for the following 17months.
METRO / RAILWAYS ISSUESPLAYERS MOVES
 
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NATIONAL HIGHWAYS TO USE ELECTRONIC TOLLS BY 2014
Toll collection on all national highways could bemade cashless by the year 2014, making travel onsmoother and better for all. At present, all tolls acrossthe various national highways in India are collectedmanually in cash. Once the system of electronic tollcollection is implemented, queuing to pay cash maybecome a thing of the past.
TAMIL NADU ROAD PROJECTS UPDATE
The southern state of Tamil Nadu in India has
received the World Bank’s much awaited approval
for the continuation of the second phase of its TamilNadu Road Sector Project (TNRSP). Under thisscheme the Tamil Nadu Government will be able to upgradeapproximately 1700 kilometres of roads at a cost of about8600 crore INR (approx 1.72 billion USD).
18 HIGHWAY PROJECTS OF 2011-12 STILL WAITING FORFINALISATION
India's ambitions to upgrade its motorway network across the country have once again run intotrouble with financial constraints creating major problems for several projects. With little investmentfrom private agencies, the country is struggling to reach itsgoal of building 20 kilometres of motorway per day. Therecent report from the Road Transport and Highways Ministryon the status of the motorway projects given the go-aheadlast year is not an encouraging one.
PARTIAL OPENING OF SRINAGAR LEH HIGHWAY
After the routine winter closure, the Srinagar Lehhighway opened for light motor vehicles from thefirst week of April. The Srinagar Leh highway, whichcovers 434 kilometres, is the only road connectionbetween Ladakh and Kashmir in northern India.
DUMMY TRAFFIC POLICECONTROLLING BANGALORE STREETS
With India topping the list inthe World Health
Organization’s first ever 
Global Status Report onRoad Safety in 2007, the need for road safety has come to the forefrontof national issues. Apart from theeconomic costs of road accidents,the cost in human life is also very high.
TRI-CITY TO ENJOY INCREASEDCONNECTIVITY WITH NEW BUS FLEET
The Tri-city (Panchkula,Mohali, and Chandigarh)is turning out to be anattractive place to livewith excellent and efficienteducational, health care, culturalfacilities as well as good employmentopportunities. Seamless connectivitybetween the three cities is imperativefor its continued prosperity and all cityofficials are working towards this goal.
“THE MASS ROAD CRASH
 CASUALTIES ARE HAPPENING DUETO THE TRUCKS & TRUC
K DRIVERS”
DR KAMALJEET SOI
 – 
VICECHAIRMAN AT PUNJAB STATE ROADSAFETY COUNCIL
Dr Kamaljeet Soi isdoctorate in theTransportationManagement & in TransitLosses with special studiesin Road Safety & AccidentPrevention & has been working in thefield of Road Safety & Accidentprevention from last 15 years.
ROADS ISSUES
 
TRAFFIC & ROAD SAFETY

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