The city of Kakinada, at present, does not have any organised public transport system. Most of the citizens use personal vehicles (mostly cars and motor bikes) or auto rickshaws to commute. This report summarises the parking management strategy and an action plan developed for a pilot stretch in the Commercial Business District (CBD) area of Kakinada to deal with the problem of choked streets, junctions and informal activities.
Kakinada is one among the first 20 shortlisted Smart cities from India. The e-rickshaw project was initiated as a part of the smart city proposal. This report focuses on the project, as part of improving the last mile connectivity in the city. An assessment has been undertaken to verify the feasibility of e-rikshaw deployment in the city. Also, the report highlights the required institutional frameworks, policy recommendations and an operational strategy for successful e-rikshaw deployment.
The report highlights the various aspects of assessment undertaken by the project team to verify the feasibility of a proposed flyover at Kumharon ka Bhatta in Udaipur city. It also includes an assessment of current carrying capacity of road stretch, future projections related to traffic demand and the most appropriate alternative design solutions to increase the carrying capacity of road stretch.
The report presents the summary of design strategy for improvement of intersections/junctions to resolve traffic issues at three major junctions of Udaipur city- Suraj Pole, Hathi Pole and Delhi Gate, along with the streets connecting them. Based on the response from different stakeholders, the report also provides process details which can be replicated for redesign of other junctions in Udaipur.
The “Smart city web tool” is an information platform for municipality officials, city planners, technical experts and consultants. This report details the methodology for the use of the tool, expected user groups and beneficiaries and the need of such tools in the current context of smart and sustainable urban development.
The overview report summarises the engagement process with four project cities: Jaipur, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. It elaborates on the activities undertaken, the outputs and outcomes under the project along with the way forward.
Technology start-ups across the country have begun to aggregate privately-owned buses to provide “on-demand” transport services and can potentially help in meeting the unmet public transport demand. This policy brief reviews the regulatory amendments needed to introduce these services to complement the state-run city bus systems and not compete with them. It was presented at the first ‘Talking Transit’ workshop under this project and stakeholder feedback has been incorporated.
Indian cities currently tax public transport modes more than cars and two-wheelers. The nature and amount of existing tax structures for bus manufacturing, procurement and deployment prohibit the development of city bus systems. This report analyses barriers that exist within the tax structures in various states and proposes recommendations on the tax incentives required to promote city bus systems.
Shakti supported the development of a comprehensive Smart City Index, one that ranks cities on the basis of multiple criteria such economy, governance, environment, mobility and others. This index can be used to carry out an annual rating of the smart cities so that the city authorities can continuously evaluate their performances vis-à-vis their peers and keep working towards improving their cities.