Pros and Cons of Metro Express ltd in Mauritius

“It is estimated that traffic congestion is costing the country Rs 4 billion every year and, that this cost is projected to more than double to reach some Rs 10 billion by 2030,”-  Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius

Pros:

Metro Express will help reduce traffic jams. The traditional bus system present problems especially during peak hours.

Eco – Friendly Transport System (less air and noise pollution) – the ability to move a large number of people efficiently in less time.

Job Creation

A Reduction in the number of fatal accidents.

One of the goals of the Metro Express is to discourage people from using their vehicles on a daily basis and, in so doing, will considerably reduce the number of accidents

 

Cons:

Loss of employment in the Bus Industry. Stressful situation created as around 2000 families will be affected due to a loss of employment.

Ticket Price of Metro Express

In Mauritius, there is FREE TRANSPORT for students, old persons and persons with disability. Will these group receive the same benefit in Metro Express? The price of Metro ticket might cost three or five times more than bus fares.

Huge Investment in Metro Express but not a good Return on Investment

Mauritians prefer to go to work in their cars. In fact the number of private cars/vehicle is increasing rapidly. We see many new cars on the road. Despite different feeder routes to the metro stations, many people will not leave their cars in a parking lot to travel by train. After nine in the morning, the number of commuters is low. Do you expect a light rail system to be viable by transporting only ten or twenty persons during the day? After six or seven in the evening, people do not travel.

Increase in Public Debts

The project will increase the public debts rather than solving the problem of our mode of public transport.

Mauritian government will be spending around Rs 47 billion on the metro. “In 2006, the price was Rs 0.85 billion (Mauritian rupees) per km. For a journey of 27.3 km the cost will reach Rs 23.2 billion. With an inflation rate of 8% in India over the past ten years, the price has doubled. So, it will obviously cost around Rs 47 billion, even without taking into account the cost of insurance and freight.”

India – Mauritius 

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