Making Progress with Indore's BRT
14th February 2013 | Indore: To understand the potential challenges that could be faced in the run up to the launch of Indore’s BRT system – iBus, the Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) organised a workshop with support from EMBARQ India, with key project stakeholders on 14th February 2013 in Indore. Through a combination of presentations and interactive group exercises, the participants were made aware of important lessons learnt via case studies, as well as helped to identify local issues related to the launch and possible solutions for those issues.
By way of an inaugural address, KVS Chaudhary, CEO, AICTSL, outlined the roles and responsibilities of his agency with the BRT project, and Krishna Murari Moghe, Mayor, Indore, outlined the key challenges that lay ahead.
Professor Shivanand Swamy, Director, CEPT University, illustrated the key features and benefits of the Ahmedabad BRT, and the lessons learnt during the implementation. Akash Tripathi, Collector, Indore District, presented the progress of the project thus far, his vision for its expansion, and the need for a co-ordinated approach between the various stakeholders. Vivek Aggarwal, MD, MPRDC, expressed that the State government is keen on the successful launch of the project, and talked about various sources of funding available.
The post lunch session, moderated by Prashanth Bachu and Arnab Roy from EMBARQ India, included an interactive group exercise where participants brainstormed on various tasks and critical items that needed immediate attention prior to the launch of the BRT system.
Madhav Pai, Director, EMBARQ India wrapped up the workshop, outlining the key take-aways of the day. The workshop was successful in creating awareness amongst stakeholders on all the critical pending tasks, and gave the participants a platform to come up with solutions together. One of the key next steps would be to assign tasks and timelines to the various agencies involved, with smaller focussed group meetings under the chairmanship of the Collector for faster implementation, better monitoring and accountability.