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UITP & WORLD BANK INVESTIGATE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON BUS OPERATIONS

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the global public transport sector, UITP and the World Bank have surveyed bus operators across India to better understand: what has been the impact of COVID-19 on operations?

Since 25 March, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak - with public transport services limited to essential services only.

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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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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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ONE INDIA – ONE ROAD TAX – ONE PERMIT TO PROMOTE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SECTOR

After the implementation One India - One GST, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) is looking to revamp the tax structure and permit regime for public transport in the country. This is much needed reform as the public transport operators are facing huge financial burden and entry barriers to expand the service. UITP has always advocated for the rationalisation of motor vehicles tax and permit regime.

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Consider Bus to move people and make cities liveable

The representatives from the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India as well as various public transport stake holders will speak at the seminar sharing the initiatives for the development and strengthening of bus systems in India. Various field experts will participate in the panel discussion and discuss various vital issues to enhance the bus mode of transport for the benefit of passengers.

 

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