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Second Annual Meet of Sustainable Urban Transport Project Held in New Delhi

New Delhi: November 22,2012

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) are:

• 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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