Sustainable urban transport project for Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, December 6, 2017: The Housing and Urban
Development Department of the State Government and Bhubaneswar Development
Authority (BDA) in collaboration with German funding agency German Corporation
for International Cooperation or GIZ, will prepare a city-wide, holistic master
plan for non-motorised transport (NMT) focussing on low-carbon urban transport.
Based on this eco-friendly master plan, measures would be selected for which
the project could provide technological support.
Titled as SMART-SUT (Smart Cities-Sustainable Urban
Transport), the futuristic project will be implemented in three cities in
India, i.e. Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore and Kochi. At national level, GIZ is
implementing it with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The project forms part
of the focal area of Indo-German bilateral technical cooperation “Sustainable
Urban and Industrial Development’’.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will be signed
on coming Friday (December 8) in New Delhi, will work towards preparing a comprehensive
mobility plan (CMP) for the metropolitan development area. BDA Planning Member
Sudhiranjan Mohanty will represent the development authority for signing of the
implementation agreement. Senior GIZ officials, German Ambassador and
Honourable Minister MoHUA would be present at the ceremony.
As per the project, preparation of boundaries under the
metropolitan development area relevant for the CMP need to be decided including
possible integration of nearby urban local bodies like Cuttack and Puri.
In future there is also a plan to implement the Temple City
in the German-French initiative of Mobilse Your City (MYC) programme as part of
this cooperation project. The project would also involve operationalisation and
implementation of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA), proposed
to cover the three cities.
While BDA will implement the project, in close association
with BMC and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited GIZ experts will prepare the
project operational plan. H&UD, on the other hand shall involve BDA and
other stakeholders to participate in the state and national level project
steering committees, as required by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs,
Government of India.
Expected areas of intervention:
Though the project activities would be primarily within the
metropolitan development area of the city, the technical collaboration will
also cover for various interventions for improving planning and implementation
of urban transport in line with other on-going national urban development missions
and policies such as Smart Cities Mission (components like IT-based transport
solutions, NMT and last mile connectivity), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and
Urban Transformation, Urban Transport Policy and specific state programmes and
The project activities will be mainly covering three basic
components i.e. 1. Support to planning and implementation of sustainable urban
transport projects, 2. Support to strengthening institutional capacity for
regulating, streering and planning urban mobility and learning and exchange
formats with other cities for exchange of ideas on best practices.
The project would also work towards establishment of a
system for measuring and mitigating air pollution and emission of green house
gases and the overall planning and management of urban freight was identified
as potential future topic for the extension of the project.

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