How a BRT can help set the carbon footprint straight
New Delhi |October 28 2013
In September 2013, Amit Bhatt of EMBARQ India spoke about the role of buses in providing low carbon mobility to cities in developing countries at the Low-carbon Cities and Mobility (Low-carbon Cities Forum, Part One) session in the Eco Mobility Congress held in Suwon, South Korea between September 01 – 04, 2013 website. The congress was organised by ECLEI and EMBARQ India was one of the supporting organisations. Suwon is a historical city located approximately 30 km south of the national capital Seoul. With numerous universities and industries including the headquarters of Samsung Electronics and SK Group, Suwon enjoys the amalgamation of knowledge and industry. When the city was first formed, the Hwaseong fortress' walls surrounded the city; over time the city grew beyond the fort walls. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fortress and the surrounding neighbourhood served as the location for the EcoMobility World Festival 2013, featuring the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress.
As a part of this Congress, Haenggung-dong a neighbourhood in the center of Suwon, surrounded by the historical fortress, was redesigned for improved walking environment; the street infrastructure in Haenggung-dong neighborhood underwent an extensive streetscape refurbishment. Electric cablings were buried underground and the sewerage system was upgraded. The neighbourhood was thus transformed from car-centered to pedestrian-friendly spaces through the EcoMobility World Festival which lasted for one month.
Amit in his presentation highlighted the role of public transport in developing low carbon growth strategy. His presentation was based on the case of Indore, India where the city authorities after successfully implementing the city bus service developed a high quality Bus Rapid Transit Project. Since its launch, the BRT project in Indore called the iBus has received very strong and postive feedback from residents and experts- both national and international- alike. In transporting over 30,000 passengers a day, the BRT system offers a low carbon strategy to move masses while offering them a world class service at a fraction of the cost of driving.