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Old 19th September 2017, 18:21   #151
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Default Re: Bullet Train in India - What it means for the country?

For several commentators in the public space, disparaging a urban transport initiative is a lazy option and one which finds a lot of support in their siloed echo chambers.

However, such public infrastructure, especially one that has possibility of scaling up in terms of capacity is a critical part of forward planning.

What happens to such so called "experts" when they are proven wrong. Is there ever a mea culpa? A public acceptance of their folly?

Ms. Vandana Gombar made massive assertions in support of BRTS. This was in April, 2006. She roped in several experts from Dr. Dinesh Mohan to Mr. Nasser Munjee who supported BRTS in New Delhi over the then nascent Metro. Today they have been proven wrong.

Ms. Gombar's Article:http://www.rediff.com/money/special/metro/20060403.htm

And the current reality of BRTS in New Delhi -https://qz.com/460647/after-years-of-commuter-agony-and-crores-of-rupees-delhis-infamous-brts-is-being-scrapped/

Though we have the luxury of hindsight, but who pays the price for the naysayers who try to delay progress using specious arguments?

Ms. Gombar has moved onto Bloomberg New Energy Finance and is hard selling renewables. From being a transportation expert, she has evolved into a renewable energy expert.

How do we bring in accountability for these so called experts who have the power of molding public opinion without any repercussions if things go south.

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