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The sea- saw battle continues... Building loyalty through the stomach Revive development banks... Welcome GST TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Airlines in India: cost and space Noble nonagenarians... Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Boy, can you beat these? Multi-faceted Venkat F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing How Air-India loses customs... Poor quality of university VCs Paytm karo... Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... The few handicaps... A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Sri Lanka votes for change When small is no larger beautiful.. Excel Generators provide the vital back-up L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Nuclear power at the nucleus Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! 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Where a state respects its litterateurs… Gas is the way forward Cement prices continue to rise… …and of a popular trade leader The why of tax incentives When online building permits work…. Vibrant Gujarat Convulsions in The Hindu A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… He continues the focus on social amelioration Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Robber barons everywhere Which side are you, Montek? Solar thermal shines… Sweeter prospects for sugar Pharma – overdose of copying Banning booze... TIAM turns a full cycle S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Shale gas and its shallow future Moily’s bold thrust Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Why this malaise in medical education? 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F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing

F C Kohli headed with great distinction the Tata Electric Companies and subsequently TCS. He is considered the father of the Indian IT industry. He has made rich contributions to drafting the syllabus for our prestigious IITs. At 90, he still attends to work at TCS’ offices at the Air India Building and Bombay House!

IIT- Kharagpur is the latest to present an honorary doctorate to FCK. He already has six doctorates, Indian and foreign.  FC’s concerns extend from agriculture to energy, nuclear power to education to transportation et al. In a recent discussion, FC referred to the chaos in the urban transportation system. He pointed to public transportation in cities like New York and Singapore that have tackled the issue of the explosive growth in personal transport: “roads are meant for driving vehicles and not for parking these. In Mumbai we find road space taken increasingly for parking vehicles vastly hindering movement of vehicles and pedestrians.”

One can’t agree more. IE has been stressing of the need for mass transportation, especially railways. In a report to CMDA on the Madras 2011 project, I suggested construction of 100 km of surface rail lines and another 100 km of underground rail lines. I pointed to the lack of road space and the tough issues involved in acquisition of land for expanding surface transport. I also pointed to liberal funding available from bilateral and multilateral sources across the globe. Delhi, under the lead of E Sreedharan,  effectively did this by constructing in a short time 193.2 km of metro rail. States must help focus on such systems for the state capitals and principal cities.

In this context the recent problems encountered by the Rs 16,000 crore Hyderabad Metro Rail Project deserve immediate attention. The new Telengana government under K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) should help complete the process of land acquisition and help speed up the work. L&T which took up the work with great interest is encountering serious difficulties in regard to access to the land promised by the government and to suggestions for re-alignment. In such large projects, delays have severe impact on costs and would seriously upset original estimates of profitability. L&T has the reputation for efficient execution of large projects. The KCR government would do well to assist the company to complete the project in quick time. Surely, this mass transport would be a boon to the Hyderabadis.

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