A 3-day Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo concluded in Kochi

Naomi Pandya Posted on: 2022-11-11 08:01:00 Viewer: 926 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Kochi

A 3-day Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo concluded in Kochi

Kochi, India (Urban Transport News): The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has successfully concluded the three day Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo on 6th November 2022 in Kochi, Kerala. The 15th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo was co-orgnised by Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) India in collaboration with Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) and Government of Kerala on the theme– ‘Azadi@75–Sustainable Aatma Nirbhar Urban Mobility’.

Transportation bodies from Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Delhi bagged an award each for ‘Excellence in Urban Transport’ at the 15th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo. 

KMRL’s exhibit, which was put up at the three-day event organised to discuss the way forward regarding urban transportation in the country, was adjudged the best exhibitor.

While Ahmedabad was awarded for being the city with the most sustainable transport system for its Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Navi Mumbai bagged the award for the city with the best public transport system for its modernised and sustainable city bus service.

Under the same category, the commendation award went to Thiruvananthapuram for its planned public transport through city services.

The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) bagged the award for having a metro rail with the best multimodal integration for the Lucknow Metro Rail Project and a commendation award under the same category went to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

Kolkata was adjudged the city with the best non-motorised transport system for its cycling infrastructure in the new town Kolkata project while Chennai bagged the award for the best Intelligent Transport System (ITS); the award for the metro rail with the best passenger services and satisfaction went to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

Union Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore said new suggestions and thoughts were required to carry the urban transport sector forward.

The Minister added that for the country to develop, it was essential that its cities developed which in turn would ensure that the development is spread to rural areas.

Kishore said that for achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of becoming a developed country by 2047, it was essential that all sectors including agriculture, health and technology developed.

The last day of the event also saw a panel discussion on the vision for urban transportation in India by the year 2047.

Focusing on the way forward given rapid urbanisation, the panel discussed issues related to urban mobility over the next 25 years.

The panel was of the opinion that any step forward in this respect needed to focus on better connectivity between smaller cities keeping net zero carbon emission modes of transportation at the core.

In addition to exploring modes of transportation over and above electric vehicles in the near future, the need to create metro rail networks specific to Indian needs in addition to metro rail and railway coaches manufactured in India for the country and beyond was also discussed.

Moderated by OSD (Urban Transport), Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Jaideep; Anumita Roy Chowdhary, executive director research and advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE); Abhishek Agarwal, senior specialist (infrastructure connectivity), Niti Aayog; Subhash Dhar, senior researcher, UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre; Mukund Kumar Sinha, transport specialist, ADB; Sarika Chakravarty, senior sector coordinator, shelter & transport National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA); and Abhay Bhakre, DG, Bureau of Energy Efficiency were part of the panel.

Senior officials from the Central and State governments, policymakers, managing directors of metro rail companies, chief executives of transport undertakings, international experts, professionals, academicians, and students participated in the three-day event.





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