Would it make sense for Praja to spearhead a proposal to fix the country's fiscal and current account deficit problems by moving to less fuel-intensive modes of transportation country-wide ? Taken to the central govt., RBI, economic think tanks, etc.
The plan - broad framework
Subsidy on Diesel increases the fiscal deficit, increases inflation, causes price rise.
Import of petroleum increases the current account deficit, devaluation of the rupee, depletion of foreign exchange reserves.
Reduce consumption of petroleum by these measures that will reduce fuel consumption and hence petroleum import.
1. In cities, replace private automobiles with promote public and non-motorized transport
Improve intra-city and inter-city bus services.
Promote non-motorized transport - improve facilities for cyclists, pedestrians.
Dissuade private transport - increase taxes on 2-wheelers, cars, increase parking fees, reduce parking space, increase road taxes, etc.
2. Replace air transport by high speed train services
Improve passenger train services - speed and number of trains, comfort. Replace air travel by high speed trains between cities upto 600 km. distance.
3. Replace road and air freight by rail, sea freight
Improve rail freight services - speed, number.
Improve shipping between domestic cities.
The format for distribution
1. An easily-understandable PPT, max 20 slides.
2. A document with the details - calculation, logic, etc.
Praja has people who have the expertise in these areas. If a group of us gets together we can make a good proposal that will make people sit up and think.
Anyone interested ?