Urban Mobility India Conference concluded with recommendations to address urban mobility in India
Urban Mobility India Conference concluded on 28 November 2014. The conference was organised by the Institute of Urban Affairs and Union Ministry of Urban Development. It came out with a set of recommendations to address the urban mobility issue in India.
The conference ended with the conclusion that efficient public transport is the solution and urged early intervention to enable the emerging cities to cope up with the problem so as to avoid the unwieldy experiences of mega and major cities.
Highlights of Conference
• The conference recommended the formulation of Comprehensive Mobility Plans for cities with over one lakh population focusing on introduction of public transport systems at an early stage to avoid the kind of problems that bigger cities are facing at present.
• It recommended that urban development needs to be centred on transport planning through formulation of Comprehensive Land Use and Mobility Plans.
• It recommended the main focus is on mass transit system in combination with last mile connectivity which needs a holistic planning of Smart City.
• Building high quality public transport system based on roads, flyover and elevated roads may provide short term relief but there will soon be swamped by growing private motorized transport.
• It recommended Government to take up a Pilot Project to develop a database for one city using smart card based technologies, which could then be replicated by others, as a pre-condition to the smart cities program.
• Merely building a high cost metro or Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) would not be enough on its own and recommended integrated multi-modal systems ensuring last mole connectivity for better outcomes.
• It recommended that media should be co-opted at the stage of conceptualization of new initiatives for subsequent wider dissemination by noting the role of media in promoting awareness about sustainable transport.