Urban Mobility Lab workshop from Oct 15

ST Correspondent
Friday, 12 October 2018

Pune has been selected as India’s First Lighthouse City for mobility solutions in response to the ‘Grand Challenge’ launched by NITI Aayog and RMI last year.

Pune: The NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)  will jointly organise Urban Mobility Lab workshop in next week in the city to support the development and implementation of mobility solutions for Indian cities. Pune’s traffic issue will also be discussed in the workshop and experts will suggest solutions on the traffic problem. 

The PMC Standing Committee has given the approval to conduct a workshop from 15 to 17 October in Pune. The city has been selected as India’s First Lighthouse City for mobility solutions in response to the ‘Grand Challenge’ launched by NITI Aayog and RMI last year. As the first Lighthouse city, Pune is an initial host of the Urban Mobility Lab programme that supports the development and implementation of mobility solutions for Indian cities. 

Standing Committee Chairman Yogesh Mulik said, “In the workshop, experts from the different sectors will come together and discuss different urban problems and suggest solutions on different urban issues. Traffic is one of the major problems in Pune. It will be prominently discussed in the workshop.”  

RMI is an organisation in the United States which is dedicated to research, publication, consulting, and lecturing in the general field of sustainability, with a special focus on profitable innovations for energy and resource efficiency. James Newcomb, Managing Director of RMI had sent a letter to the municipal corporation and demanded permission to conduct a workshop. 

The workshop helps accelerate solutions to complex mobility problem and implement those solutions as a portfolio of integrated pilot projects. Pune Smart city Development Corporation Limited  (PSCDCL) had already launched with a multi-day solutions workshops in Pune in August 2018.

Now, RMI wanted to conduct another workshop in Pune city with help of corporation. The workshop will bring together multi-stakeholder teams working on high impact, innovative projects that address critical issues in Pune and India’s mobility system. During the solutions workshop, these teams will work to rapidly advance their solutions with the support of expert advisors and public sector participants. Following the solutions workshop, the lab will serve as an ongoing platform to support implementation, share lessons learned and scale pilot projects from Pune to other Indian cities.

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