Saturday, December 28, 2002

Urban Issues Watch
NEW DELHI, Dec. 25 — Birendra Singh normally goes to work hanging off a door of an overloaded bus that belches smoke and goes nowhere fast in New Delhi — India's gritty, traffic-clogged capital of 16 million people. That all changed today when he boarded a new commuter rail system, a part-underground metro seen as a leap forward for this city with about four million vehicles. "It is so beautiful," Mr. Singh said. "Now we have trains like they have in foreign countries."

''There's definitely a growing trend toward harsher treatment of the homeless,'' says Donald Whitehead, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington. ''But what's significant is we found that none of the cities doing crackdowns had enough shelter space.''

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