Indian delegates learn about Bogota's Transmilenio BRT system. Photo by CST-India.
Senior government officials from India visited London, Bogota and Mexico City to experience, learn and understand innovations in sustainable transport on a study tour organized by EMBARQ on September 26 to October 6.
Madhav Pai presented a study on urban mobility emission forecasts for 3 Indian cities - Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Surat. The study was jointly done by Madhav Pai and Lisa Rayle, an Urban Planning student at MIT who interned at the EMBARQ India office in the summer of 2009. (To read more on this study, click here)
A round table event was organized by The Bhaskar Group to discuss and understand the ways of making Indore a “world Class City. A brain storming session was held with urban planning and development experts from around the country to find ways to achieve this goal.
A workshop on Urban Transport Capacity Building Needs for GEF – World Bank – UNDP was organised by Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) under the Sustainable Urban Transport Programme (SUTP), which has specially been set up by MOUD to address issues related to Urban Transportation.
It was felt that there was a lack of capacity at various levels i.e. right from policy formulation to project implementation resulting in a miss match between policy objectives and project outcomes.
A seminar was organised by Hazards Centre an NGO, to discuss and review various sustainable Urban Transport initiatives in Delhi, including the Delhi BRT.
Delhi Pilot Bus Corridor was the first BRT project to be initiated in India, however the project was not too successful and has got a lot of negative publicity. Currently the authorities have stalled all work on the BRT in Delhi, and the project is at a standstill. The BRTS project is one of the key components of Delhi’s multi nodal transportation plan and sensitisation is key to reviving this project.
A peer review workshop at the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit was led by EMBARQ.
The goal of the workshop was to review the design and technical parameters of the BRTS corridor as recommended in the feasibility report for the Mumbai BRT, submitted by CES-AECOM to MMRDA in January 2010.
The 3rd annual conference on “Intra–City Transportation” was organized by India Infrastructure Magazine at New Delhi.
Amit Bhatt from EMBARQ was invited to present at the conference. He made two presentations, one on Indore city bus operations and the other on Best Practices in Sustainable Transportation
Mr Bhatt also spoke on the guidebook for bus operations & planning being developed by EMBARQ as part of a “Low Carbon High Growth” program for the British High Commission.
EMBARQ India, has positively influenced Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) in finalizing the station configuration for the BRT system in Indore. During the AICTSL board meeting ,it was decided that BRT stations , will now be located in the median of the road with platforms at the height of 900 mm to match the floor height of the new buses procures under the JnNURM scheme.
Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr Ashok Gehlot formally launched the bus services on 31st July 2010.
200 new buses are procured under the JnNUM Program and will provide sustainable transport to the residents of the city.
EMBARQ is providing assistance to the local authority, Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) to manage operations and also with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) planning for the city bus services.
The conference was a good meeting platform for Project officers and Technical directors attending from the likes of large developers, construction and engineering companies, investment firms, banks, government agencies and departments, solution providers, research centers and consultants.
EMBARQ India, were knowledge partners at Urban Transport Congress India conference 2010 held in Mumbai. At this conference EMBARQ India, assisted ideas exchange in putting together the conference agenda and connecting with industry experts.