Eleven India Cities View for Green Transport Funding
NEW DELHI: Eleven cities, including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune, are in the race for a part of the $25 million earmarked by the World Bank to turn their transport systems greener.
Only six to eight of these cities will be able to corner the funds which are meant to help India reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, under a global agreement. The other cities which are in the race for availing funds from the World Bank progeny — Green Environment Facility (GEF) are Indore, Mysore, Ajmer, Vijaywada, Jalandhar, Thiruvananthapuram and Naya Raipur.
"The cities will be shortlisted depending upon quality of their project proposals and preparations for public transport system," urban development secretary M Ramachandran said. The funds are likely to be sanctioned by June 2008. GEF has earmarked funds for greenhouse gas reduction and a $25 million corpus out of that is slotted for public transport projects to help reduce emission of greenhouse gases.
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Mass transit service in Pensacola began in 1884 with the Pensacola Street Car Co. Citizens rode on mule-drawn cars. Next came electric trolleys. By 1918, Pensacola had 45 trolley cars and 21 miles of track.
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