Dr. Sudhir Krishna,
Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development has called for a sustainable
mixed land use pattern in the cities of the country to achieve a
paradigm shift in India’s urban transport systems in favour of
sustainable development. He was inaugurating the Second Annual Meet of
Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) in New Delhi today. He said
that integration of land use and transportation is important and it can
prove a game changer for big cities. Stating that rapid urbanization is
a fact Dr. Krishna said, unless a proper and efficient urban transport
system is put in place, the growth of slums in cities cannot be curbed.
Dr. Krishna pointed out that a number of agencies are involved in city
planning and an efficient and intelligent urban transport system cannot
be developed unless all the stake holders pull their resources together.
In this field SUTP can become a harbinger of change, he added.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India has
initiated the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) with the
support of Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) to foster a long-term partnership
between the Central Government and state/local governments in the
implementation of a greener environment under the ambit of the National
Urban Transport Project (NUTP).
The main objectives of the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
• To strengthen the capacity of the Central Government, participating
states and cities in planning, financing, implementing, operating and
managing sustainable urban transport systems; and
• To assist states and cities in preparing and implementing certain
demonstration “Green Transport” projects towards reduction of green
house gases in the urban environment.
Annual Meet of the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) is
organized every year with the aim of sharing the experience of officials
engaged in implementing the ‘demonstration projects’ in various cities
and discussing the problems encountered during execution to arrive at
consensus solutions. Some of the milestones achieved this year were
showcased in the Second Annual Meet and the speakers shared their
achievements and experiences. Representatives from UNDP, World Bank,
Ministry of Environment and Forest and other organizations involved in
the field of sustainable urban transportation from across the country
participated in the day-long deliberations.
Dr. Sudhir Krishna also inaugurated the Annual Meet & Leaders Forum
Website and released a booklet titled “Introduction to Sustainable Urban
Transport Project”. The key-note address was delivered by Sh. S.K. Lohia,
OSD (UT) & Ex- Officio J.S. and National Project Director, GEF-SUTP.
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