Indian urban planners will learn from their foreign counterparts in the Urban mobility conference held at Hyderabad for three days starting Saturday. Case studies of many foreign cities including France Switzerland, Brazil, Portugal and others will be discussed in detail in the event which will be attended by about 1,000 policy makers including mayors, administrators, experts, urban planners, researchers and technology and service providers from over 20 Indian States and foreign countries.
Officials said that Hyderabad was decided as the venue for the tenth Urban mobility Conference by M Venkaiah Naidu last year when he was the Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and he will inaugurate the event on Saturday.
UMI Conference aims at promoting dissemination of information and exchange of ideas on urban transport and mobility issues and the best practices being followed in the cities across the world. At the Hyderabad Conference, initiatives and experiences in respect of various aspects of urban transport of 86 cities including 36 foreign cities will be presented as case studies for detailed discussion.
Case studies of foreign cities to be discussed include Boudeau and Lyon (France), Lausanne (Switzerland), Lisbon (Portugal), Guadalajara (Mexico), Curitiba (Brazil), Bangkok (Thailand), Santiago (Chile), Constantine (Algeria), Cape Town (South Africa), Rabat (Morocco), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and others.
Indian city case studies to be presented and discussed include three relating to Hyderabad including road safety aspects, transit oriented development and Introduction of tram services besides Parking Policy, planning and Implementation in Vijayawada, initiatives and experiences of Mysuru, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Varanasi, Lucknow, transport planning for Maha Kumbh Mela to be held in Allahabad in 2019, Indore, Bhopal, Amritsar, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata.
The highlight of the Hyderabad Conference is two special sessions for mayors and municipal councilors from the States of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Inclusive and sustainable mobility and intelligent mobility.
Inclusive Urban Transport Planning seeks to ensure the right of access to public spaces and particularly, to public transport systems for all. In the present scenario, road spaces in Indian cities are being used more by the vehicle owning sections at the cost of the poor and the marginalized. Similarly, sustainable Urban Transport and Mobility aims at integrating environmental concerns with transport planning so that urban residents are not deprived of quality air.
UMI Conferences are being organized to further the objectives of the National Urban Transport Policy which lays stress on ‘moving the people rather than the cars’.
Hyderabad Conference will deliberate on various components of the chain of urban transport from conceptualization of urban transport projects, design, financing and execution. The broad themes to be discussed include; Mobility for All, Multi-modal Integration, Inclusive Planning, New Paradigms of Mobility, Smart Cities and Mobility, Electric Mobility, Shared Mobility, Linking Urban Transport and Environment, Informal Transport Systems, Using Urban Transport Planning as an Opportunity, Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Systems, Financial Planning for Urban Transport Projects, Land Value Capture and Transit Oriented Development, Metro Rail Policy etc.