53 |“For Whom?” Understanding New Delhi’s Metro Rail From An Equity Perspective with Sreelakshmi Ramachandran

53 |“For Whom?” Understanding New Delhi’s Metro Rail From An Equity Perspective with Sreelakshmi Ramachandran

October 12, 2022

Show notes

In the early 2000s, the newly built New Delhi Metro Rail system was proclaimed a class and social equalizer that would become an image of modernity and progress in the Global South city. But in reality, the metro rail has failed to deliver on many fronts. Access is limited to a subset of the population and excludes many lower class user groups, reflecting the inherent inequalities embedded in the project. Today, we're joined by researcher Sree Ramachandran to discuss the equity implications of designing and planning major infrastructure projects, and which questions need to be raised in order to ensure accessibility for all.

To learn more, Sree recommends reading:

  1. Roychowdhury, A. et al. (2019). The Cost of Urban Commute: Balancing Affordability and Sustainability of Public Transport. Centre for Science & Environment. New Delhi. https://www.cseindia.org/content/downloadreports/9664
  2. Sadana, R. (2022). The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure. University of California Press. Oakland, 2022
  3. Siemiatycki, M. (2006). Message in a Metro: Building Urban Rail Infrastructure and Image in Delhi, India. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (2): 277–92.

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Mariana Lebrija

Mariana Lebrija

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Sree Ramachandran

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