Lessons in urban transport planning and governance: based on the proposed metro rail system in Pune

This paper critically analyzes the decision making systems behind the proposed Pune metro rail system and its detailed project report, and exposes many weaknesses in both. The decision making system is seen to be ad?hoc, and not sufficiently transparent or participative. The detailed project report suffers from many serious methodological and analytical errors. This analysis and experience from other cities suggests that cities are increasingly seeking single large, big?budget solutions to their urban transport problems without exploring the many simpler, cheaper and more effective options that are available.