Title: In pursuit of a sustainable traffic and transportation system: a case study of Kolkata

Authors: Asit Bandyopadhayay; Ashim Banerjee

Addresses: Jaypee Business School, JIIT (Deemed University), A-10, Sector 62, Noida 201307, India ' Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal, 100A Ashutosh Mukherjee Road, Kolkata 700025, India

Abstract: Kolkata is one of the most important cities of India. The gradual growth in terms of population and commerce increased the demand for transportation. The attempts to improve the transportation system through marginal investment in the development of infrastructure have failed to provide any respite. The impasse location of Kolkata port greatly constraints the transportation system of the city. Low road space availability and sparse railway infrastructure in the inner city adds to the transportation woes. Various government and non-government organisations are engaged in the process of mass transportation but their isolated efforts are unable to resolve the problem. In this paper the authors have made an effort to discuss the prevailing traffic and transportation scenario of the city and recommended solution in the form of analytical, fact-based discussion to reduce the level of traffic congestion in the city and in doing so cooperation of all sectors (including government) and people are urgently required.

Keywords: sustainable traffic systems; influx; urban settlement; transportation; sustainable transport; traffic congestion; urban expansion; case study; Kolkata; India; cities; infrastructure investment; mass transport; public transport.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2017.080646

International Journal of Management Practice, 2017 Vol.10 No.1, pp.1 - 16

Received: 05 Oct 2015
Accepted: 14 Mar 2016

Published online: 01 Dec 2016 *

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