1st UITP India Bus Seminar was held on 12th February 2014 in Bangalore.
Mr. Ramalinga Reddy, Honorable Transport Minister, Government of Karnataka, opened the 1st UITP India Bus Seminar in the presence of other Government of Karnataka dignitaries. The Seminar, held in February, explored how buses can improve liveability in cities, and attracted over 120 delegates from across the country and from different organisations, including public transport undertakings, state government departments and manufacturing industries.
In his inaugural address, Mr Reddy highlighted the importance of public transport systems in cities and emphasised the need for efficient bus transport systems to provide for people’s essential mobility needs.
Principal Secretary (Transport), Government of Karnataka, mentioned the need to advocate the use of bus transport, highlighting the importance of affordability, last-mile connectivity and increasing road capacity through road widening schemes.
Adrien Moulin, Regional Manager, UITP-CTE, Singapore, stressed the importance of strengthening bus systems in Indian cities in order to enhance the market share of public transport.
Technical sessions addressed the issues related to the policy framework for strengthening public transport, the importance of bus transport infrastructure for better operations and maintenance systems, and the importance of innovations in bus technologies and other related systems. The seminar was organised by the UITP India Regional Office in Bangalore and hosted by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).
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