Toward Great Dhaka: Seize the golden opportunity

Had you looked across Shanghai’s Huangpu River from west to east in the 1980s, you bangladeshmapwould mostly have seen farmland dotted with a few scattered buildings. At the time, it was unimaginable that East Shanghai, or Pudong, would one day become a global financial centre; that its futuristic skyline, sleek expressways, and rapid trains would one day be showcased in blockbusters like James Bond and Mission Impossible movies! It was also unimaginable that the Shanghainese would consider living in Pudong.

How wrong that would have been! Pudong is now hosting some of the world’s most productive companies, and boosting some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. And Shanghai has become China’s most important global city, lifting the entire hinterland with it.

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Innovation in the air: using cable cars for urban transport

1 NbKnQKS58pvtrmV7xrLbywInvented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities, where they are being used as an alternative to conventional urban transport modes. This technology uses electrically-propelled steel cables to move suspended cars (or cabins) between terminals at different elevation points.

The tipping point. The emergence of cable cars in urban transport is fairly new. Medellín, Colombia pioneered the use of cable cars for urban transport when it opened its first “Metrocable” line in 2004. Since then, urban cable cars have grown in popularity around the world, with recent projects in Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Guayaquil, Santo Domingo, La Paz, and Medellín), Asia (Yeosu, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong), Africa (Lagos, Constantine), and Europe (London, Koblenz, Bolzano). Cable cars can be an attractive urban transport solution to connect communities together when geographical barriers such as hills and rivers make other modes infeasible.

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Urban Transport Program Helps Keep Kabul Clean

STORY HIGHLIGHTSKUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)
  • Improved drainage is one of the many benefits of a newly rebuilt main road in Kabul.
  • Commuters and residents alike are benefiting from the improved traffic flow, clean environment, and safer traffic conditions as a result of the reconstruction project by Kabul Municipality under the Kabul Urban Transport Efficiency Improvement Project.
  • The main road is one of six that have been resurfaced to improve road conditions, transport, and access in the capital city.

 

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