With an urban population of over 377 million people—and growing quickly—India faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to address severe pollution and congestion, cities must plan to meet transport needs in a more sustainable manner. Building on the principles of sustainable transport, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation works to promote land-use planning and transit oriented development, better urban public transport systems and non-motorised transport in cities.
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Providing real-time, accurate and reliable information on bus operations can help increase the declining mode share of buses in Indian cities. Shakti has commissioned the development of a public transport information system for buses in Hyderabad, as a case city, through the innovative use of information technology based web and mobile...Read more
Inter-city and intra-city public bus services in India are operated by State Road Transport Undertakings (STUs). In the process, STUs generate a huge amount of data on bus operations. This data can be used to improve operations management and increase customer satisfaction. Shakti supported a review of the existing data maintenance practices and...Read more
An efficient public transport system is a key pre-requisite for the sustained development of a city. It helps citizens meet their travel needs in an economical, safe, and energy-efficient manner. But many Indian cities lack the institutional and financial support required to strengthen bus systems. As a result, there is a deterioration in the...Read more
The Smart Cities Mission will require significant amounts of capital to meet the rapidly growing requirements of cites. One way for cities to generate additional funds is Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The Smart Cities Mission has placed significant emphasis on the PPP model encouraging the private sector to mobilize capital, technology and...Read more
The limited reach of public transport systems in cities has led to the emergence of informal privatised services such as the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT). These services provide shared transport services along predetermined routes through modes like three wheeled auto-rickshaws. In Kolkata, IPT modes have been mainstreamed into the...Read more