6 April 2017

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.

Mr. M.K.Sinha, MoUD
Dr. Ekroop Caur, BMTC
Mr. Chinmaya Acharya, Shakti Foundation
Mr. Amit Bhatt,Director-WRI India
11:00 am to 11:15 am: Tea
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.

Mr. Ananda RaoED ASRTU (TBC)
Prof. Shivanand Swamy, Executive Director, CEPT
Dr. Ekroop Caur, BMTC
Mr. O P Agarwal, ISB
Mr. H S Ashokanand, MD NEKSRTC
Mr. Prashanth Bachu, WRI India
Mr. Pawan Mulukutla, WRI India (Background Presentation

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch
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.

Ms. Erin Cooper WRI
Mr. CK Goyal, DIMTS
Mr. Joy Nandi, Lithium Urban Technologies
Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Tata Motors
Mr. Bharat Rajgopal, Ashok Leyland
Mr. V. Ravichander, Feedback Consulting

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm: Tea
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Session IV: Business Models for Adopting Electric Buses

This session intends to estimate the capital and operating costs of buses and related infrastructure, along with potential funding sources and the reliability of the same.

Mr. Vishvajit Sahay IAS Jt. Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries (TBC)
Ms. Erin Cooper, WRI
Ms. Akshima Ghate, TERI (TBC)
Mr. Chinmay Pandit, KPIT
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Eicher
Mr. S. Chaudhari, BIAL-(TBC)

9:30 am to 1:00 pm: Roundtable on Private Sector Led Innovation for Smart Cities (by invite only)

Opening remarks by Mr. Andrew Steer Jt. Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries (TBC)
Special remarks by Dr. Manoj Singh, Niti Aayog, Government of India

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.

4 pm to 4:15 pm: How the City Moves: Insights

Ankit Jain, Senior Director, Ola Cabs

4:15 pm to 4:30 pm: Partnerships for City Data
Diego Canales, Tools and Data Innovation Associate, World Resources Institute
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Workshop: Taming the Beast: Regulating New Mobility in India

Rishabh Sinha, Counsel, Investment, Technology and Policy, TRA

This interactive workshop focuses on existing regulations in the new mobility space and will use cases studies to illustrate nuances for various business models.

5:30 pm to 5:45 pm: Use of Cellphone Data for Better Transport
Abbas Ravat, Director, Global Product Marketing, KPIT
5:45 pm to 6:00 pm: The City and its Data
Rachit Ranjan, Public Policy and Government Relations, Uber
Venue: Marigold, IHC