New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Kochi, a city renowned for its forward-thinking urban initiatives, has clinched the prestigious top award in the country, with its groundbreaking Water Metro project securing the title of the Best Green Transport Initiative in India. The commendation comes as a recognition of Kochi's relentless dedication to pioneering sustainable and eco-friendly transportation solutions within its urban landscape.
The accolades were presented at the culminating valedictory session of the Urban Mobility India conference and exhibition, culminating in a night of celebration and acknowledgment. The event also witnessed Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh receiving the award for the most innovative financing mechanism for its city transport services, showcasing the diverse and innovative approaches adopted by various Indian cities in the realm of urban mobility and transportation.
Other cities that secured recognition in different categories included Srinagar Smart City for the Best Public Transport System and Shillong for the Best Record of Public Involvement. These acknowledgments serve as a testament to the concerted efforts made by various urban centers in India to enhance their respective transportation systems and promote community involvement in the process.
During the valedictory session, Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Manoj Joshi, emphasized the significance of smart cards as a convenient and efficient payment method for commuters. He highlighted the ongoing efforts of the government towards the adoption of the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), which holds the potential to improve the interoperability of various modes of urban transport, thus streamlining the overall commuting experience for the public.
Joshi underscored the pivotal role of a robust fare collection system in ensuring the viability of an efficient and sustainable transport system. Additionally, he shed light on the potential for harnessing the value of real estate around roads to bolster the financial sustainability of transportation projects. The session delved into the intricacies of financing and viability in urban transport projects, with an emphasis on the need for innovative funding mechanisms and strategic public-private partnerships to meet the ever-growing demands of urban transportation infrastructure.
Moreover, the Secretary stressed the importance of widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) to curtail emissions and urged urban areas to invest in robust EV infrastructure, signaling a pivotal step towards a greener and more sustainable future for urban transportation.