Public transport plays a vital role in boosting economic growth by respecting the environment, reducing congestion and providing mobility for all in ever-growing cities. Efficient and well organised public transport services bring major benefits to the economy, the environment and society.
India is experiencing rapid and massive urbanisation like any other developing country. Consequently, urban transport demand has been increasing by leaps and bounds. The issue of sustainable development arises from inadequate supplies of mass transport services and ever increasing private cars in cities. Existing travel patterns are sustainable neither economically nor environmentally in the long run.
Public transport in most Indian states is still quite basic and has failed to keep pace with rising demand. In order to promote public transport, the federal government introduced the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) in April 2006 to address urban mobility issues. Further, the government has provided financial support under a stimulus package – the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (Jn-NURM).
UITP’s India Office plays a key role in advocating all issues related to public transport, including raising awareness of the sector goal to double the market share of public transport by 2025. UITP India has members representing all areas of public transport, including:
- Public transport authorities
- Public bus operators
- Metro operators
- Private operators
- Technology firms
UITP’s India Office works with its members to advocate public transport throughout the country. The organisation promotes and addresses the following areas:
- Integrated public transport networks
- Urban mobility
- Non-motorised transport (eg. cycling and rickshaws)
- Land use planning
- Bus-based public transport
- Mass transit systems including metro and monorail
- Bus Rapid Transit
- Light rail
- Intelligent Transport System (ITS)
- Fare Collection Mechanisms
More about advocacy at UITP: www.uitp.org/node/107