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UITP INDIA ANALYSIS OF FAME II TENDERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Covid-19 induced financial constraints have set back Indian bus agencies’ plans to pilot and scale up electric buses (e-buses) under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme. However, before the Covid lockdown began in March, many of the urban and intercity bus agencies have made significant progress towards procurement of e-buses under FAME-II. Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) that administers this scheme has sanctioned a total of 5,595 e-buses in the phase-I of e-bus funding under FAME II.

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HOW RESUMPTION OF BUS SERVICES IS HAPPENING ACROSS INDIA IN LOCKDOWN 4.0

As India moved to lockdown 4.0 on 17 May, the central government left the decision to ply bus services on the state governments and union territories for intra-state movement. Services of inter-state services to be mutually decided between the concerned states and union territories. Many states and union territories further to this welcomed the decision and gradually resumed their bus services at reduced capacity. Below is a glimpse of some cities and states which have resumed services and the precautionary measures they are taking.

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UITP INDIA DEVELOPS PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FRAMEWORK FOR E-BUSES IN INDIA

Introduction of electric buses (e-buses) is ushering in a new era of bus service provision in India. Firstly, e-buses themselves are an expensive new technology which vary significantly in operations, planning and maintenance compared to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) buses. Further, State Transport Undertakings (STU)-which are the major public transport providers in India have traditionally owned and operated their buses. However, they are moving towards the Gross Cost Contract model of procurement under FAME-II which is new to them.

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GUARDIANS OF MOBILITY- India Chapter

The coronavirus pandemic has spread rapidly across the globe, causing a complete halt in daily routines, ripping through our global resources, and in some extreme cases, taking lives. The whole world is in crisis mode, but for what may be the first time in history, we’re fighting a common enemy.

Public transport is the backbone of cities, providing an essential service to keep cities moving, particularly in times of pandemics. The key objective for public transport operators therefore has to be maintaining a minimum service.

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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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