Pune: In order to involve all stakeholders, create a dialogue and share experiences and best practices, the Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) is set to organise the first-of-its-kind International Bus and Car Travel Show, Prawaas 2017.
The three-day show, based on the theme Towards Safe, Smart and Sustainable Transport, will be held at CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai from July 28 to July 30. Union Minister for Highways, Road Transport and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, State Transport Minister Divakar Raote, Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and transport and tourism ministers of other states are set to attend the event.
Experts are also set to attend the event to conduct sessions on various aspects of road transport, public transport and related subjects.
Speaking on the need to organise such a show, President of BOCI, Prasanna Patwardhan said, “There was a need for a platform for private and public operators, government, industry and other stakeholders to come together to create a dialogue of various policy aspects as well as enhance business.”
Elaborating on the transport budget in the country, Patwardhan said, “When we talk about transport infrastructure, we focus on the building of passage and that takes up 50 per cent of the budget. There is a need to focus on facilitating movement of people rather than the movement of vehicles. Around the world, roads are getting narrower to facilitate pedestrians, but here we are spending on creating larger roads to accommodate more vehicles.”
He said discussions on such matters will be held at the event after which a draft document will be submitted to the government. “A final report with recommendations and best practices will be submitted to the government later to improve public transport in the country,” he explained.
Patwardhan said the show will see 150 participants including operators from 25 states and operators from Europe, South America and Dubai.