Economics of Rural Transport
by Guha, Sabita
Imprint : Daya Publishing House
Year : 2023
Price : Rs. 5495.00
Biblio : xxii+134p., 29 tabls., 4 figs., 1 map, 23 cm
About The Book
The work is based on author’s Ph D thesis, which dealt with the rural transport system. This is mainly a theoretical work which seeks to explain how different techniques of economic appraisal could be applied to transport sector in rural areas to facilitate decision-making. The first section analyses benefit cost technique in detail and seeks to apply the criterion to a rural road project. While the technique is often applied in case of highways catering to modern traffic, it is not easily applicable to rural roads where vehicular benefit offers considerable difficulties. However, saving in operation cost and time cost are accepted as two indicators of benefit for commodity traffic and passenger traffic. Next, monetary cost and revenue are converted into social cost and finally, a sensitivity analysis has been taken recourse to for indicating a range of values accruing to particular project. The second exercise hinges on building a regression model establishing an interconnection between road development on the one hand and production, price level, employment, on the other. Here also a road section in a block area has been chosen for testing the hypothesis. A section has been added on water transport, which was once the nerve system of riverine Bengal. This mode needs to be developed, because it is both fuel-efficient and pollution free. Moreover, it is quite cheap and if properly developed, can open wide market for the products of remote villages, specially in areas like Sunderbans in the south of West Bengal where water transport in the life-line.
Table of Contents
Contents Part I: Project Appraisal-Case of a Single Road Section; Chapter 1: Cost Benefit Analysis; Chapter 2: An Exercise in Application; Part II: Assessing the Impact of a Road Network; Chapter 3: Regression Analysis; Chapter 4: An Application of Regression Analysis to a Rural Road Network; Part III: A Screening Criterion for a Network Plan; Chapter 5: Weighted Rating Method; Chapter 6: Screening a Network Plan; Part IV: Some Stray Thoughts on Rural Transport; Chapter 7: Water Transport in Rural Economy; Chapter 8: A Balanced Approaches to Rural Transport.