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In the last week the SkyWay Group of Companies was in the midst of a series of events in India. News was so numerous that some people started to poke fun whether EcoTechnoPark with its entire staff is going to change the place of residence. Smiling, we answer, – no. It is just that last week brought the results of many working months in several directions. If you are a little confused with the news from India, this detailed long reading will clarify everything.
So, at the end of April before the Indian voyage we hosted important guests. The design organization, production facility and SkyWay demonstration center were visited by a delegation of Dharmshala municipality headed by Mr. Sudhir Sharma, urban development Minister of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The delegation also included CEO of the Swiss consulting company Castor Consulting AG Ms. Dorothea Jeger and the representative of the Indian community in Switzerland Mr. Rajwinder Singh.
Throughout its history, the SkyWay Group of Companies is not only engaged in innovative developments, but also saw its mission in promoting dialogue between business and the Government machine, regardless of a country and part of the world that acting and possible partners represent. Representatives of these two sectors shared their opinions on the Company’s developments:
After this SkyWay transport systems determined by their developers as a possible basis for the formation of the infrastructure of the 21st century were presented at the Smart Cities India International Exhibition. It has taken place on May 10–12 in Pragati Maidan exhibition center in New Delhi, India. Prior to this, the SkyWay presented its solutions at the RailwayTech 2017 in Indonesia in April and enjoyed the attention of the country authorities and local press.
Thanks to the Smart Cities program, SkyWay projects can be upscaled throughout the entire country, since it has been developed by the Country’s Parliament to modify urban areas and to create infrastructure for a stable society in 109 cities. The algorithm of its implementation ― the creation of “smart” satellites near major centers ― coincides with the concept of a Smart Linear City from SkyWay. Thus, Smart Linear City concept may become a leading technology to create a network of satellites.
This time the visit of the delegation was not typical for visits to international exhibitions, because along with types of string transport, the ambitious concept Smart Linear City was presented to the public.
In his speech general designer of the development company, author of the project Mr. Anatoli Yunitski commented on SkyWay importance and prospects for India: “The road network in today's India covers more than 4.5 million kilometers. Over 200,000 people die on these roads and over a million are injured as a result of traffic accidents. ‘Rolled up’ in asphalt and ‘buried” under railway sleepers is fertile soil, equal in its area to the territories of three countries, such as Israel. On the territory ten times larger, soils along roads are degraded and contaminated with carcinogens. At such rate, approximately 20 mln people in India will have died and about 100 mln will have become handicapped with chances of premature deaths by the end of the century.
However, all this can be avoided in a state with Smart Linear Cities (SLC). It is an entirely pedestrian city of a cluster type, about 1 km in diameter, with up to 10,000 inhabitants. Clusters are built in the logic of accessibility for pedestrians, within 500 m from the center. In the center, there is a dominating building, through which all communication lines pass – SkyWay string tracks, located above the ground surface, i.e. on the “second level”. Interchange stations to transfer from urban tracks (speed – up to 150 km/h) to high-speed intercity tracks (speed – up to 500 km/h) and underground hyperspeed tracks located in forevacuum tubes (speed – up to 1,500 km/h) are also placed in them. Our group of companies is ready to implement this solution on the territory of India.”
The event was held in the framework of the parties’ cooperation with the purpose of building a transport system by SkyWay technology in the city of Dharmshala. According to the Minister for urban development of the state Sudhir Sharma, the first phase of the facility would be commissioned in the next three years.
The Minister added Dharmshala would be a pioneer in introducing the innovative technology and the first city in the state, where the fare on the new line will be very affordable. To implement the project, the 15-km route in Dharmshala will be performed in two phases: at the first one, an 8 km-long elevated track of overpass type will be built, at the second stage the rest of the line will be completed.
The media could not let pass unnoticed such a meaningful event in the life of India as the arrival of a new transport system. The beginning of cooperation was reported by the leading media of the region: Times of India, The Tribune, IndiaToday, The Hindu, Times Mumbai, Financial Express and many others.
Traditionally, there were opponents of the Minister’s activities. How can it be without skeptics? A polemical material was published in the newspaper In Himachal. There is nothing surprising in its appearance, because the election race is in full swing in India. At the end of this year, there will be held elections of 68 participants to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh state (Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, in Hindi - हिमाचल प्रदेश विधान सभा). Current members of the Assembly will pass over their authority to successors already on 7 January 2018.
Sudhir Sharma is the Minister for urban development of the state and an active member of the party “Indian National Congress” (in Hindi राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस). The Congress party is the largest one in India, the oldest political organization founded in 1885. Since the 20-ies of the XX century, the party wages active struggle for national independence. The party became popular largely due to the fact that the basis of INC program are the principles of Gandhism. After winning India’s independence (1947), INC has been the ruling party most of the time, but the opposition never missed an opportunity to compete for power, or at least to throw a number of uncomfortable questions into the press. Nothing new.
The Minister has already commented to the press on the attacks of ill-wishers. As it was previously reported, the signed Memorandum of understanding outlined the details of the plan of cooperation. A feasibility study of the project will be performed during one year, in parallel with the investment proceedings.
In Ranchi, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand state Raghubar Das had a meeting with the joint Belarusian-Indian delegation at his residence in Kanka road. The local press were quick to give the name EсoTechnoPark to the future object. It sounds flattering and speaks of the brand recognition, but the name would be a slight exaggeration for the test section of the route, which is the first part of the project in this state.
The talks were attended by the Secretary to the Chief Minister Sunil Kumar Charakal, Chairman of TENACI company Harish Mehta, Board member and company’s managing Director Pranav Mehta, as well as business development Director Victor Baburin. This meeting was held on the trail of the trilateral investment agreement signed earlier.
The brightest of non-engineer events was that at the initiative of Tibet’s spiritual leader Dalai Lama, SkyWay General Designer Anatoly Yunitskiy met with him in the city of Dharmshala. This event is associated with the introduction of the SkyWay transportation system in this city, where His Holiness resides since 1959. A significant influx of people to the city with a relatively small territory and challenging terrain leads to serious logistical problems, which the state is planning to solve with the help of SkyWay technology.
Anatoly Yunitskiy’s meeting with Dalai Lama included a presentation of the project to create the route of SkyWay string transport in the city. The General Designer explained to His Holiness his vision of the future world order, in which man and nature would be able to exist in harmony with each other, and transport would cease to be a problem not only in Dharmshala, but also everywhere in the world. The views of the inventor of string transport were in tune with the worldview of Tibet’s spiritual leader. His Holiness wished Anatoly Yunitskiy success in implementing his plans and approved of the forthcoming construction.
Dalai Lama is widely known for his optimistic attitude to science and its development potential, he is in favor of careful attitude to nature and abolishment of all forms of violence between people. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1989 for his pacifist and environmental ideas. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Dalai Lama is the earthly incarnation of Bodhisattva of Compassion – the Buddha, who attained enlightenment but voluntarily refused to go away to Nirvana in order to serve and help to save all living beings.
Enjoying the success and high-level meetings, it is important to remember that the main thing in the rule “the icing on the cake” is the availability of the “cake”, a real basis and, as they say in Tibet, to be realistic means to believe in the impossible.