May 15, 2017
Shakti is engaging with the ‘Bus Karo’ initiative led by WRI India, which aims to facilitate a peer-to-peer network to encourage shared learning between city bus agencies in India. The learnings within this initiative are shared through a series of workshops focused on best practices in public bus operations and planning.
WRI hosted Connect Karo 2017, part of a global series of events focused on sustainable urban development. This three-day platform brought together thought leaders and policy makers committed to planning and designing a more sustainable city. The Connect Karo 2017 hosted the 10th workshop of the Bus Karo series which focused on bus reforms in India.
The Connect Karo took place from 5-7 April 2017 in New Delhi. It saw presenters from various fields of related work like urban design, urban planning, transport, energy, water and climate research who shared their knowledge and insights with the participants.
The first day of Connect Karo 2017 saw Mr. Krishan Dhawan, CEO, Shakti as a panelist in the session on the role of cities in meeting global environmental and developmental goals. He highlighted the need to establish metrics to measure the progress made by cities towards their goals and called for more empowered local governance.
The Minister of Railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, in his special address, spoke on lessons from China and USA that could be borrowed to tackle the urbanisation challenges that we face today. Additionally, he highlighted that connecting water and land is vital and that the railways is working towards utilising land for water restoration projects.
The other two days saw discussions around the Bus Karo initiative. Mr. Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development opened the Bus Karo discussions with saying that efficient public transport systems must get the priority today. Mr. Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programmes at Shakti, spoke at the opening session and talked about the need to rationalize the tariff structure of state transport undertakings, drawing learning from the power sector reforms to create effective tariff mechanisms for sustainable power distribution utilities.
Compiled by Ms. Jayeta Gill, Communications Assistant, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation