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December 2016 should be called as best month for mobility in India.  - 2 new bus system inaugurated (Noida and Nagpur), 1 BRT Corridor Started (Amritsar), 1 Metro line started Pilot (Lucknow), 2 New Metro Line is inaugrated (Mumbai) and 1 New metro line is approved (Pune). Further, Government of India released National Taxi Guidelines to promote technology app. 

UITP wishes that Government of India and other stakeholders should make 2017 as Mobility Year for India. The government should commit more investment towards the development of Public Transport Infrastructure in cities. 

India needs more investment in public transport infrastructure and should follow partnership approach with private players to promote the public transport.


The details of key projects in the month of December 2016 are:

Apni Bus in Nagpur, Maharasthra 

Nagpur city has launched the new Public Transport system under the title of Apli Bus Pariyojana (Our Bus Service) with a fleet of 195 buses, out of which 55 buses will be Ethanol fueled Green Bus by Scania. Nagpur Municipal Commission (NMC) will be operating 145 Red Buses (Diesel) and 55 Green Buses (Ethanol). It is important to highlight that this is first time the ethanol fueled buses are used in operational fleet in India.

The bus operation will be done by 3 private operators - Travel Time Car Rental Pvt Ltd, Smart City Bus Service and Shyama Shyam Services Centre. Further, NMC has appointed Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited as Integrated Bus Transport Manager (IBTM) for performance measurement, standards, monitoring and analysis. 


Bus Service in Noida, Uttar Pradesh 

Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has started the operations of city buses at Noida and Greater Noida from 14 December, 2016. This is very important project as there was need for good bus service in Noida and Greater Noida. 

MP Enterprises & Associates Ltd is the concessionaire of the project and monitoring will be done by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Initially, 20 buses will be operated on 3 routes and 30 buses will be inducted in next few days.


BRT Corridor in Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar will become the first city in Punjab to implement BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system and the first city in North India to implement a fully closed system. The total length of the corridor is 31 km and will have seven lines and 62 stations. BRT route will include the dedicated corridor as well as ‘mixed traffic’ zones such as the 3-km elevated road that runs along the general bus terminus.

The first phase of the project is inaugurated on 16 December 2016. In the first phase, the bus would traverse from India Gate on the Amritsar-Attari bypass road to the Amritsar railway station.


Metro Pilot Run in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

The Lucknow Metro is a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) being constructed to provide the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow Metro will be having two routes, from North to South and East to West. The work on the Phase I of North-South corridor was started in 2014. The entire 23-km long North-South corridor will have 21 stations including eight elevated ones.

Trail run of the Phase IA is flagged off on 1 December 2016. The authority conducted first round of trial on the 6.5 km long elevated track between Transport Nagar and Mawaiya metro stations. It is expected that the project will be open to the public in March 2017.


Metro Extension Line (1A and 2A) in Mumbai, Maharashtra

As part of the extension of Mumbai Metro, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has started the construction of Line-2B (DN Nagar – Bandra – Mankhurd) and Line-4 (Wadala – Ghatkopar – Mulund – Thane – Kasarvadavali) of 23.5 km and 32.32 km respectively. The foundation stone was laid down by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 24 December 2016.

The estimated cost of Line-2B and Line-4 is INR 110 billion (US$ 1.7 billion) and INR 145 billion (US$ 2.2 billion). Both state and central governments are expected to entirely fund the lines’ civil construction, but will borrow funds for the procurement and installation of subsystems (eg. rolling stock, signalling, escalators etc).


New Metro Line in Pune, Maharashtra 

Pune city is the latest entrant to the list of city with Metro system. Pune is one of the emerging cities in India with a population of 5 million. The city is emerging as IT and automotive city. Pune Metro is a under construction metro rail project for the Pune Metropolitan Area. 

The Project will be implemented by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO), which will be a 50:50 jointly owned company of Government of India and Maharashtra government. Pune Metro project is inaugurated on 24 December 2016. Government of India approved the development of phase-I of Pune Metro Rail Project which will cover a length of 31.25 km at the total completion cost of INR 114 billion (US$ 1.7 billion).


New Taxi Policy Guidelines

India became the second country after China to announce National Guidelines for the regulation of taxis industry, include online booking apps or taxis aggregator. China notified its guidelines in July 2016 and was applicable from 1 November 2016. 

Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH), Government of India has released draft Taxi Policy Guidelines to promote urban mobility. This is the second time; the ministry has released the national guidelines.