In a significant event held in New Delhi, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, inaugurated the 16th Urban Mobility India Conference and Exhibition 2023, with the theme, “Integrated and Resilient Urban Transport”. The event, organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in collaboration with the Institute of Urban Transport (India) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., aims to address critical aspects of urban transportation in the country.
16th Urban Mobility India Conference & Exhibition 2023: Key Points and Initiatives
1. Expansion of Metro Network:
- The operational length of India’s metro system stands at 895 km, making it the third largest in the world.
- India is on the trajectory to becoming the world’s second-largest metro network in the next few years.
2. Focus on E-Mobility:
- The government is actively working towards implementing e-mobility solutions.
- Plans are underway to introduce ten thousand electric buses, marking a significant step towards sustainable urban transportation.
3. Integrated and Resilient Urban Transport:
- The conference theme, “Integrated and Resilient Urban Transport,” underscores the importance of designing efficient and high-quality transport systems that can withstand challenges, including rapid climate change.
- The focus is on integrating various transport options, enhancing resilience from the planning stage itself.
4. Government Initiatives:
- Government initiatives like FAME-I (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) and FAME-II have paved the way for transformative changes in urban transportation.
- The PM-eBus Seva Scheme, designed to augment city bus operations, prioritizes cities lacking organized bus services.
- Under this scheme, 10,000 e-buses will be deployed on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model across 169 cities. This deployment includes support for associated infrastructure, bus depots, and behind-the-meter power infrastructure.
- Environment-friendly measures like bus priority infrastructure, multimodal interchange facilities, National Common Mobility Card (NCMC)-based Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), and charging infrastructure are integral parts of the Green Urban Mobility Initiatives (GUMI).