Urban Mobility Lab for city takes off; PMC to be partner
8 solution providers, 4 working groups to develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune city
Pune: Eight solution providers and four multi-stakeholder working groups were on Monday confirmed as participants to develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune city through the Urban Mobility Lab, a programme led by Rocky Mountain Institute in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The solution providers and the working groups will convene from October 15 to 17. A three-day workshop was inaugurated by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday. Mukta Tilak, City Mayor, Siddharth Dhende, Deputy Mayor, Kunal Kumar, Mission Director of Smart Cities Mission and Joint Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs, Sheetal Ugale, Additional Municipal Commissioner of PMC and Rajendra Jagtap, CEO Pune Smart City Development Corporation were present. The eight solution provides are Ashok Leyland, Lithium Urban Technologies, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ola Cabs, Ridlr, Sun Mobility, Tata Motors and Transit Intelligence. The solutions address six areas in Pune’s mobility system: traffic and parking management, non-motorised transport, public transport, intermediate public transport, booking and payments and electrical mobility.
Kant said, “We have to provide solutions for point to point seamless connectivity to people by reducing vehicles. All stakeholders should work together to find solutions and NITI Aayog is ready to provide help. Two-wheelers are creating 25 per cent pollution. We should give them alternative of electrical two-wheelers at affordable price.”
Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute said, “Urban mobility is a core focus area of the Central government, as it looks to reducing its reliance on imported fuel and controlling air pollution levels.”