PUNE has been selected as India’s first Lighthouse City for an urban mobility lab, in a program led by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog. Eight solutions providers from across India and four multi-stakeholder working groups will work to develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune city through the Urban Mobility Lab, led by RMI in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
The eight solutions providers participating in this are: Ashok Leyland, Lithium Urban Technologies, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ola Cabs, Ridlr, SUN Mobility, Tata Motors, and Transit Intelligence. The proposed solutions, ranging from data analytics for public transport service providers to electric mobility services, address six opportunity areas in Pune’s mobility system: traffic and parking management, non-motorized transport, public transport, intermediate public transport, booking and payment, and electric mobility.
Saurabh Rao, Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation said, “Rapid urbanization poses challenges to the mobility of our citizens. As we pave the way to the future of mobility, from our urban street design guidelines to our BRT system, much work remains to make life easier for the people of Pune. We look forward to supporting the mobility solutions coming out of the Urban Mobility Lab and continuing to establish Pune as a leading example of the future of mobility in Indian cities.”
Pune was selected in NITI Aayog and RMI’s ‘Grand Challenge’ as India’s first Lighthouse City for mobility solutions. The lab will be a platform to support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing, and scaling innovative mobility solutions in Indian cities.
Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, (Transport & Ports), Home Department, Govt. of Maharashtra said, “The Government of Maharashtra is playing a leading role in the transition to shared, connected, and electric mobility. It is our consistent endeavour to improve access, affordability, congestion, pollution, and safety. I look forward to the outcomes of the Pune Urban Mobility Lab, and to seeing how solutions can be scaled up across the state.”
Urban mobility has been a core focus are of the Central Government, as it looks to reducing its reliance on imported fuel and controlling air pollution levels across cities. “India is poised to lead the world in advanced passenger mobility. It can leapfrog the traditional paradigm of privately-owned, under-utilized, fossil fuel-powered vehicles to a future of shared, clean, connected mobility” said Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute.
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