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DELHI ELECTRIC VEHICLE POLICY 2018 - A BIG PUSH TOWARDS ELECTRIFICATION

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi released it draft Electric Vehicle Policy 2018. Delhi is facing major issues with air and noise pollution. Adoption of Electric Vehicles (‘EVs’) for road transport will contributes to better air quality, reduced noise pollution, enhanced energy security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Delhi has become the seventh state in the country to launch its own EV policy, following Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 

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UITP - WORLD BANK WORKSHOP ON GENDER SENSITIVE APPROACH TO DHAKA BUS RAPID TRANSIT

Transport and infrastructure should not be gender neutral, as women and men will not benefit equally from transport policies if they are not gender sensitive. The WBG is committed to integrating security considerations for women as part of its urban transport projects as well as to promote innovative good practices and knowledge sharing of successful approaches for addressing personal security.

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UITP AND ICCT SIGNED MoU WITH BMTC TO SUPPORT SOOT FREE BUS INITIATIVE

Bengaluru, with a population of more than 8 million people, is among the fastest growing metropolitan cities in India. Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), with its 6,400 strong fleet, is India’s largest public city bus operator and operates only diesel buses. Most of these buses today conform to Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission norms. The operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of these buses are already quite high, with many buses regularly grounded due to maintenance issues.

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Decoding Public Transportation: In conversation with UITP India (MotorIndia - August 2018)

We live in a world where our surrounding landscapes are rapidly changing. Cities are changing, new towns bubble up, and so are economic priorities and policies of the society. Mobility emerged as a critical priority in the last century, but now in our times, the need for transportation has reached a climacteric phase, where its ends and meets are put to question. Without reliable mobility, cities become fragmented, people get struck in their lives, and economies take a beating, while the existing mobility systems themselves bray without sustainability.

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MODERN AIR-CONDITIONED BUS SHELTERS INAUGRATED IN HYDERABAD

Government of Telangana inaugurated its first an air-conditioned modern bus shelter at HITEC City, having amenities like; AC, WiFi, Coffee machines, Cold Beverages, Mobile charging points & Baby feeding/changing rooms. This is a big relief for commuters who use buses, as well as, for pedestrians. The bus shelter also features an SoS button, which can alert a command centre in case of emergencies. This is good example for other agencies and bus authorities in India to implement in their cities. The modern bus shelters will help to popularise the bus transport.

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BIG BOOST FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

In order to boost private investment in charging infrastructure in the country, Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued the "clarification on charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles with reference to the provisions of the Electricity Act 2003" on 13 April 2018. The power sector is regulated under The Electricity Act 2003.

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DELHI GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED GREEN BUDGET – IS IT SUFFICIENT FOR THE CITY?

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) announced the annual budget 2018-19 on 21 March 2018 with a focus on improving air quality in the city. The government called it a 'green Budget' which will work on 26-point action plan.

The action plan will combines 26 programs and schemes of Transport, Power, Environment and PWD (Public Works Department) for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants.

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ELECTRIC BUSES PROCUREMENT IN INDIA – INDIAN CITIES GOT THE VIABLE RATES

Last 2 months has witnessed a greater action in the space of electric buses. Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Government of India sanctioned INR 4.37 billion (US$ 67 million) for the procurement of electric buses, e-taxis and e-autos in December 2017. The department has selected 11 cities with one million-plus population for the procurement of 390 electric buses, and is providing funds to the tune of INR 10 million (US$ 150,000) per bus.

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