Catalysing sustainable urban mobility solutions in cities
Our cities are growing, and with it, our need for transport. By 2030, cities could produce nearly 8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from buildings and personal vehicle use alone. Poor air quality accounts for 3.7 million premature deaths every year. Fostering cleaner forms of transport like walking and bicycling, improving fuel and vehicle technologies, and reducing private vehicle use can combat this trend. Using proven solutions and action-oriented tools in sustainable urban mobility will make Indian cities more resilient to new challenges and bring economic, environmental, and social benefits to people.
WRI India’s Bus Karo initiative aims at facilitating a peer-to-peer network that encourages shared learning between city bus agencies across India through a series of workshops focused on best practices in public bus operations and planning. This workshop will be the 10th one and will focus on bus reforms in India.
9:30 am to 10:00 am: Registration
10:00 am to 11:00 am: Opening Session: Reforms in Bus-Based Public Transport in India
This session will focus on five broad reforms around taxation, financing, technological improvements, energy efficiency, and bus priority.
11:15 am to 1:00 pm: Session II: The Bus Industry in India
This session will focus on addressing the existing challenges about bus manufacturing and funding for buses and will focus on addressing what should be the components of a national/state level program to bring about the reforms in the bus industry in India.
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm: Session III: Electric Buses- Global Scenario
The session will highlight the experiences of transit agencies across the world with respect to electric buses viz. costs, issues of charging, infrastructure, operational issues, market for electric buses, support and coordination between stakeholders, lifecycle of batteries, etc.
The 100 Smart Cities and Startup India programs have inspired the launch of several initiatives to support enterprise-based models that are addressing the needs of urban areas, such as, transport, water, sanitation, housing, public space, healthcare, energy as well as safety and security of citizens. However, there is lack of a connected ecosystem focusing on opportunities and challenges faced by city focused programs.
2:45 pm to 3 pm: Boosting Entrepreneurship and Building a Vibrant Startup Ecosystem
Suyash Mishra Assistant Vice President, Startup India Program, Government of India
3 pm to 4 pm: Frenemies Forever: The Role of Unlikely Alliances in Furthering New Mobility
Amit Bhatt, WRI India will be in conversation with Orahi, Baxi, and the Electric Mobility Alliance
This informal and interactive session will focus on the need for building alliances with players especially competitors and how such partnerships can be beneficial.