A Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Transport,Tourism and Culture has cited the December 16 gangrape incident to highlight shortcomings in the National Capital Region (NCR)s transport system. The Committee has recommended a total revamp of transport management.
According to the report,the bus in which the gangrape occurred was able to move around freely in the city without being noticed by police. The bus did not even have a licence to ferry passengers. Preliminary inquires revealed that it was possible mainly due to fragmented authority and lack of coordination between various agencies involved in managing,regulating and implementing transport-related acts and rules in the national capital, the report said.
After examining papers and documents submitted to it by the regions various stakeholders,the Committee found that there are at least 27 authorities/agencies for managing public transport in the NCR.
…the existing arrangement needs a total revamp. In fact,creation of NCR posed newer challenges for promoting a seamless,accessible,safe,affordable and comfortable transport in the region, the report stated.
The committee has also recommended a unified law for governing urban transport in the country. There is an absence of an effective and integrated enforcement formal mechanism having a shared mandate/authority from all concerned – the NCT government,state governments,union ministries of Urban development and Home and various agencies such as the NDMC,MCD,DDA,DMRC,DTC and the Delhi Police. From planning to enforcement,each ministry/department performs its duties exclusively without any formal coordination among them, the report said.
According to the report,with many authorities regulating the same system caused undue rivalry. The committee notes a perceptible resistance on the part of various authorities and agencies. They appeared unwilling to forego their authority,even while each authority is working at cross purposes. There is a lack of clear vision and coordination regarding how the transport network should be designed,developed and implemented, the report said.