Planning urban transport

A recent workshop in Guwahati focused on National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

 

Emphasizing on the urgent need to renew efforts towards developing an environmentally sound, climate-friendly and energy-efficient transport planning systems in the country, urban planners, transport professionals and representatives of several Non-Governmental Organizations, met today in a workshop organized in the city by the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF). Prominent speakers in today’s workshop were Ms Megha Aggrawal, Transport Planner, Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), Dr Anvita Arora, CEO, iTrans, and Ms Ruchi Varma, SG Architects & Mr Sandeep Gandhi, SG Architects.

This workshop was last in the series of four consultation workshops organised this year by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) and Institute of Urban Transport (IUT). The previous three workshops were organised in Bhopal, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.

 

National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP)

It was in 2006 that the Government of India (GoI) for the first time laid down a policy framework on urban transport. The policy is popularly known as “National Urban Transport Policy, 2006 (NUTP, 2006)”. With the growing population and expanding urbanization, new challenges were thrown in the realm of urban transport. Hence a need was felt to make a review of existing policy (NUTP, 2006) so as to bring it in consonance with the existing realities and challenges. At the behest of MoUD, the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) undertook a thorough review of the policy. The revised NUTP has been re-organized under the categories of Urban Transport Planning, Infrastructure, Public Transport, Non-Motorized Transport, Traffic Management, Financing, Governance, and Capacity Building. It has also been cross-referenced to available toolkits to facilitate implementation and to make the document user-friendly. The recommendations and suggestions received in today’s workshop will also be presented to the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) for consideration.

NMT Policy and Planning

Dr Anvita Arora, CEO, iTrans and Ruchi Varma, urban planner at SG Architects talked about NMT policy and Planning in today’s workshop. The Non Motorised Transport Planning and Design Guideline and the Non Motorised Transport Policyhas been produced by Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) along with i-Trans Pvt. Ltd and SGArchitects, New Delhi. The Non Motorised Transport Policy has been developed to guide state government departments to promote NMT i.e walking and cycling as a priority choice for mobility. The policy provides wide range of policy interventions to address the needs of captive users’ as well as

potential NMT users. This policy covers four major sections i.e., infrastructure, communication, legislation and financial interventions and discusses which tier of government will be responsible for its implementation. The NMT planning and design guideline can assist as a tool for engineers and designers to help them think beyond perceptions and execute decisions on the basis of an analytical and detailed design process, relying on sound data and known best practices.

Evaluation of NMT Infrastructure

Sandeep Gandhi, chief planner, SG Architects made a comprehensive presentation on CYLOS. Prepared by SGArchitects, New Delhi, CYLOS is a tool to assist planners and designers develop an effective non motorised transport (NMT) infrastructure, which attracts both choice and captive riders. The objective of this tool is to allow planners, designers and decision maker’s easy access to objective evaluation of proposed and implemented projects. The availability of such data will direct attention and corrective action towards specific development, implementation and operation issues, resulting in a user appropriate infrastructure. Such efforts in the long term, when replicated across the city, would ensure better utility of investments made in non-motorized transport, generating higher use and better public image.

 

About the Organisers

Institute of Urban Transport (IUT)

The Institute of Urban Transport India (IUT) was established in May, 1997 as a professional body under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development Government of India (MOUD) as a premier professional non-profit organization and registered under the Societies Registration Act. The objective of the institute is to promote, encourage and coordinate the state-of-the-art urban transport including planning, development, operation, education, research and management. (www.iutindia.org)

 

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation works to strengthen the energy security of India by aiding the design and implementation of policies that encourage energy efficiency as well as renewable energy. Shakti works in sectors with the maximum potential for energy and carbon savings: Power, Transport, Energy Efficiency and Climate Policy. A not-for-profit organization, Shakti is governed by a national board of directors, and supported by both Indian and international philanthropies. It convenes NGOs, universities, business, think tanks, and domestic and international experts to design and implement smart energy policies in India. (www.shaktifoundation.in.)