Guwahati: Niti Aayog has decided to frame a mobility strategy for the Northeast soon to address various issues in the future and has asked all the states of the region to submit their inputs within a fortnight.
Attending a daylong workshop at the Assam Administrative Staff College here on Friday, organised by the Assam transport department in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an official of the state transport department said: "We discussed the transport modalities of the Northeast in today's workshop along with existing infrastructure and what we need to develop.
Transport department officials of the northeastern states presented their respective state mobility strategies to achieve the goal of sustainable development through electric mobility, environment-friendly transportation, renewable energy integration and technological innovation.
Assam state mobility strategy was also presented in the workshop with the aim of integrated mobility perspectives for key stakeholders in the state. To make Guwahati the regional hub to Asean, the mobility strategy will open a global network through the integration of road and rail network, airways as well as waterways, a statement said.
"In the presentation, we have showed the present scenario of road, railway and water transport infrastructure of the state along with challenges and the scope for development. Other states of the Northeast also did the same. In September, there will be a national-level meeting and all those presentations will be placed there. Moreover, use of renewable energy in the transport sector was also highlighted today. After the presentation, the Niti Aayog representative in the meeting asked the states for inputs within 15 days to develop strategies for the region," Kamrup (metro) district transport officer Rafikul Mannan said.
Director of environment and industrial biotechnology division of TERI, Dipankar Saharia, said, "Niti Aayog will formulate a mobility policy for all states of India. We have organised the workshop for the eight northeastern states to prepare the mobility strategy. There is a large scope of introducing electric vehicles as part of public transport in this region."
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