11th Urban Mobility India 2018 Conference and Expo has been inaugurated at the Chitnavis Centre in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The key theme for this year is Green Urban Mobility. The 3-day conference kick-started with the lighting of a lamp by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Transportation.
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, delivered the inaugural address. He pointed out that just like waterways were lifelines of ancient civilizations, mobility and urbanization are two factors on which urban habitation depends. Mobility is a prime concern that will define how Indian cities would be shaped and how living standards would be enhanced”.
“Mobility requires end-to-end solutions and it should be reliable”, stressed Fadnavis. He also added that transportation systems should be comprehensive but with the integration of different systems and with a special focus on sustainability.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transportation, delivered the keynote address and discussed the undergoing Nagpur Metro project and the emphasis on electric bikes and scooters that can operate as taxis.
At the inaugural session, Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France, said, “Sustainable development is a key priority area as more than 80% of greenhouse gas emission is due to exploding population in cities. And transport is intrinsically linked to it”.
Undoubtedly, the need of the hour is safer, cleaner and greener transportation. India stands of great disruption in smart mobility. Smart cities mission of Indian government too would provide impetus to green urban mobility. French companies are looking to cooperate with India in the sector of urban mobility, added ambassador Ziegler.
With rapid urbanization, Indian cities would be the fulcrum of economic activities and drive changes.
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