Pretty interesting. Comparable failures have occurred in DC with regard to the implementation of streetcars in Ward 8, although opposite to what's discussed in the citation wrt Delhi. In DC, for social equity reasons, the idea was to put the streetcar in the poorest part of the city, to increase access to the transit network. But at the same time, civil society there is the most messed up, and people mostly opposed the implementation. Plus, the city intended to use railroad right of way owned by CSX that CSX didn't have clear title for.
WRT streetcars in DC, I've argued that they need to be put first somewhere where they will be wildly successful, to build support, that it is better to implement "new" programs by planning from the outset for
success. Since public officials are quick to be criticized for failure (in the media, etc.), failure not only is "not an option" but has the possibility of destroying new programs and shutting them down.
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