Chandigarh, India (Urban Transport News): In a major effort to create environmentally friendly public transport in Chandigarh, the UK has agreed to provide technical assistance to develop a ‘sustainable mobility plan’ for the city.
The overall aim of the UK-funded study is to support the decarbonization of the city’s transport and contribute to the climate change agenda. The study will also focus on proposing an alternative environmentally friendly transport system for the city.
Roping in the UK technical assistance is part of the UT administration’s new initiative to have a comprehensive mobility plan for the city. In addition to the UK study, which will focus on the city, another study, to be carried out by Indian railway consultancy firm Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), will cover all of the tricity and explore different rapid transit system (MRTS) options. for the city.
âThe UK-funded study will support the decarbonization of the city’s transport and contribute to the climate change agenda. The study will also focus on suggesting an alternative environmentally friendly transportation system for the city, âsaid a senior official in the Chandigarh administration.
The study also aims to produce a âConceptual Report for Chandigarhâ which will include an âas is scenarioâ of urban transport. It will highlight the socio-economic profile, traffic, transport characteristics, emission levels as well as the main challenges and areas of intervention for the decarbonization and transition of electric vehicles.
As part of the UK study, a detailed roadmap will be prepared to increase the adoption of electric mobility. In addition, as part of the project, an action plan and deployment timelines will be created. Industry-government commitment to deliberate on the roadmap will be made.
The project also includes a twinning component with a British city. A framework for town twinning, based on the priorities of both parties and knowledge exchange visits, between towns will be put in place.
The idea for British technical assistance came about during a meeting between UT adviser Dharam Pal and British Deputy High Commissioner Caroline Rowett over a month ago.
Last month, the administration was informed that the British government had given its âin principleâ approval to the project. The advisor agreed to the study after a meeting with DHC representatives.