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India Transport Portal Newsletter - September 2013

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A month in the India Transport Sector (No 28)
 
September, 2013
 
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MORE INTERNATIONAL AUTO COMPANIES APPOINTINGINDIANS TO TOP POSTS
The trend of hiring staff locally is seen in globalautomobile companies venturing into India. Fiatand Chrysler are managed in India by NageshBasavanhalli. Fiat is following in the footsteps of FordIndia, which took the decision to replace Michael Boneham,an Australian, with Joginder Singh. Other automobilecompanies have followed suit in the hope of takingadvantage of the expected upswing in the markets.
RENAULT’S PLANS FOR
INDIA
The success of the Renault Duster on Indian roadshas given a boost to Renault India, a companywhich struggled to find a foothold on Indianmarkets when it first arrived. In 2007 Renaultentered into a partnership with the Indian carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra. The partnership broke two yearslater, having launched three cars, the Koleos, the Fluence,and the Pulse, none of which made a substantial impact.
FORD: INDIA BEING THEIR ASIA PACIFIC HUB
This American auto manufacturer has alreadyestablished two plants in India, and regards thecountry as its potential hub for the Asia Pacificregion. The Indian automobile market gives a fairlygood idea of the kind of vehicles which would be wellreceived globally.
GENERAL MOTORS VIEWS NORTH-EAST INDIA AS NEXTPOTENTIAL MARKET
Long isolated, the region is now emerging as abright spot in an otherwise struggling sector. Whileoverall, the auto sector is experiencing a drop ofover 12%, sales in the North East have grown by 4%and are expected to grow further.
In September 2012, the National HighwaysAuthority of India (NHAI) and the operator of the e-way, Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) signed aMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) inthe Delhi High Court.In March 2013, this issue was still ongoing:the Punjab and Haryana High Court hadasked NHAI officials to appear before courton May because of measures taken in order to ease the e-way and toll plaza traffic.Meanwhile, NHAI had issued a terminationletter to DGSCL for its failure to upgradefacilities and renovate roads.One year after the MoU being signed, theRoad Transport and Highways Ministryasked the National Highways Authority of Indian to file a First Information Report(FIR) against DGSCL. This move came after the NHAI found underreporting of traffic atthe toll plazza that caused the agency a Rs20 crore loss, between August 2012 andJuly 2013.Details have been forwarded to the CentralVigilance Commission to consider theopportunity to hand over the case over theCentral Bureau of Investigation. At thistime, the contentious is going through thelegal process instead of involving thegovernment. But DGSCL has refuted theKPMG study that lead to such issue. Well,it seems that this issue still have severaltremendous
CARMAKERS STRATEGY
 
EDITORIAL
 
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CARS IMPORTED FROM THE EU TO BECOME CHEAPER
It may be dark days ahead for Indian vehiclemanufacturers following the Free Trade Agreement(FTA) between India and the European Unionallowing the latter to export lower-price cars to theIndian market.
LUXURY CARS THRIVING
AMID INDIA’S SLUMPIN
G CARMARKET
Surprisingly, in spite of the downturn in the industry,the luxury car sector, which constitutes only 1% ofthe sales, is showing an upswing.
INDIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES QUADRICYCLES
These four-door low-speed vehicles weigh just 450kilograms, provide a mileage of 35 km/litre, and arepriced at 1.5 lakhs (approx. 2,500 USD).
 
NISSAN INDIA: MORE THAN 22,000 SUNNY AND MICRA CARMODELS RECALLED
The defect is understood to be due to a potentialflaw in the master brake cylinder. In India, thesemodels are produced at the Oragadam plant inChennai.
 
MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS CONFIRMS RECEIVING MORETHAN 400 ORDERS
The company showed sales growth of 5.3% in the
first quarter of 2013. “We are satisfied with the
company performance in this quarter given theoverall
strain in the Indian economy” said Eberhard
Kern, managing director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India.
CHEVROLET: TO INCREASE PRICES ACROSS THE BOARD
P. Baledran, Vice President of General MotorsIndia recently declared, "We have decided toincrease the prices of all our vehicles up toRs.10,000 (approx. 165 USD) depending upon themodel
.
“AN IN
-HOUSE ALGORITHMCALCULATES THE ESTIMATED TIME OFARRIVAL OF BUSES, BASED ON GPSLOCATION AND CURRENT TRAFFICON ROA
D” MANICA AGGARWAL,
DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER- DATAANALYTICS AT DIMTS
Manica Aggarwal isDeputy GeneralManager- Data Analytics,at Delhi Integrated MultiModal Transit Company Limited. Shehas more than 15 years of experiencein Market Research, Data Analyticsacross various Industry verticals.
 
NEW BUSES ON THE ROAD
Haryana aims to enhanceits public transport byincreasing its fleet to 350buses by the end of theyear. It is proposed that atleast ten of these buses will be low-floored luxury buses. They will beeither Mercedes Benz or Volvo, andwill cost INR 10 crore (approx. 2 millionUSD). The Haryana government is alsopurchasing 50 air-conditioned buseswhich run on the environmentally-viable compressed natural gas(CNG). These buses will be of theMarcopolo brand of Tata motors, andwill cost INR 32 crores (approx. 6million USD). Ten of these will join thefleet in July and ten more areexpected to be on the roads byAugust. The inclusion of luxury buseswill be accompanied by theconstruction of new bus stops, withone air conditioned bus stop plannedfor sector 29 of Gurgaon.
CAR MARKETBUSES
 
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INDIAN RAILWAYS: PRIVATE PLAYERS BROUGHT ON BOARDTO INCREASE ITS SCOPE
Since manufacturers incur extra cost to transporttheir products, they prefer to use road transport. Toaddress this issue, the railway government plans tointroduce PPPs in the sector, whereby a companymay build and own private railway lines, and run governmenttrains on them.
NORTH EAST RAILWAY PROJECTS TO BE DELAYED BY A YEARDUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS
The north-eastern states of India, which are theresponsibility of the Northeast Frontier Railway havea long way to go before they acquire a sufficientamount of network. At present only Guwahati andAgartala, two of the seven state capitals in the Northeast areconnected by railways.
INDIAN RAILWAYS TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY-BASED POWERUSE BY 25%
Indian Railways has made the decision to focus onswitching over from petrolium-based energy toelectric traction. This form of energy affordsadvantages such as being able to transport heavyloads at better speeds.
BANGALORE SEES DELAYS IN ITS LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM
In the India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, the Stategovernment can’t seem to decide whether to opt
 for light rail transit (LRT) or monorail. CapitalSymonds Ltd and Consulting Engineering havebeen called in as the consultant to decide on the feasibilityof the two choices.
RAILWAYS: TO EXPERIMENT WITH SMS TICKETING SYSTEM
The latest idea is to use the widespread mobilenetwork for buying tickets. Making use of Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS), a passenger maybuy a ticket from a basic mobile phone, using anSMS.
INDIA ROAD PROJECT IN BURMA:OPPORTUNITIES AND CONCERNSINCREASE
In the modern world, it isnot possible for a countryto grow or progress inisolation. Development ishelped when a country isat peace with its neighbours and hasa symbiotic relationship with them.India is currently involved incontinuing efforts to further the causeof peace and stability in the Indianregion and establishing traderelations and peace treaties with
bordering nations. The ‘Look EastPolicy’ adopted by the government is
an attempt to forge links with South-East Asia. As part of this policy, Indiahas invested $214 million in a highwayproject in Burma. Named the
‘Kaladan Project’, most of the roads
will be laid in Burmese territory, linkingthe Indian state of Mizoram with thepoorly connected western states ofBurma through the Chin state, endingat a deep sea port at Rakhine.
RAILWAYSROAD CONSTRUCTION

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