Urban Transport in India Set to Go Green

By admin • June 10th, 2010

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The Urban Development Ministry has announced the launch of a green urban transport project called the Sustainable Urban Transport Project.

The project is expected to cost Rs. 1,400-crore (US $298m) and will receive technical and financial assistance from the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme for the execution.

The Union Minister of Urban Development, Jaipal Reddy said “There is urgent need to shift from personalised transport to public transport. The project has been initiated with this objective only. The Government has given very high priority to improved urban transport since the launching of JNNRUM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission)”.

Over 12,000 buses have been authorized for 60 selected cities to overcome pollution. An Independent authority may also be commissioned in each major city for improved governance and planning.

Four demonstration projects have commenced in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune (Maharashtra), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Naya Raipur (Chattisgarh) and Mysore (Karnataka).

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