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Pune selected as India’s first lighthouse city in NITI Aayog, RMI’s grand challenge
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Pune selected as India’s first lighthouse city in NITI Aayog, RMI’s grand challenge

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New Delhi, Oct 16: Leading solutions providers from across India will develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune City through the Urban Mobility Lab, a programme by the Pune Municipal Corporation and Rocky Mountain Institute.

Eight leading solutions providers from across India and four multi-stakeholder working groups have been confirmed as participants to develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune City through the Urban Mobility Lab, a program led by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

These solutions providers and the working groups will convene October 15–17 for a Solutions Workshop to prepare proposals for mobility solutions for Pune.

Speaking about the event, Mr Singh said, 'I am delighted to participate in India’s first Urban Mobility Lab in Pune. 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.'

The eight solutions providers participating in the Urban Mobility Lab 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-motorised transport, public transport, intermediate public transport, booking and payment, and electric mobility.

Further explaining the objectives of the event, Pune Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao said, 'As India’s ‘most livable’ city, Pune is progressing towards becoming India’s premiere place to work and live. We are working diligently to drive this progress. However, rapid urbanisation 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.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced the Grand Challenge in November 2017.

As India’s first Lighthouse City for mobility solutions, Pune is the initial host of the Urban Mobility Lab, a platform that supports a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing, and scaling innovative mobility solutions in Indian cities.

The Urban Mobility Lab aims to create early examples of new, innovative mobility solutions in Indian cities to inform the country’s national mobility transition.

Urban mobility has been a core focus area of the Central Government, as it looks to reducing its reliance on imported fuel and controlling air pollution levels across cities, according to a statement here on Monday. (UNI)