NITI Aayog has organized a two day long high level workshop on advancing
passenger mobility and transportation on February 27-28, 2017 in the national
capital. The workshop in association with Rocky Mountain Institute, an
international non-profit organization, will explore technologies and business
models to help India leapfrog traditional approaches to passenger mobility and
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Road Transport Minister Nitin
Gadkari, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, and Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises Minister Anant Gangaram Geete, will attend the high level meet.
Leading experts, academicians, representatives from related Ministries,
think tanks, civil society organizations, and leading Indian and international
companies will take part in the deliberations. The workshop will be followed by
the release of a report detailing specific and actionable outcomes and
The workshop will follow a unique‘design charrette’format, whereby
participants will collaborate in working groups to develop actionable steps to
achieve an advanced mobility future.
CEO NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant said that NITI Aayog is excited to
partner with leading organization to advance next generation mobility
solutions. Mobility affects all sections of society and the transformative
solutions now emerging will enable India to fulfill its aspirations for growth
Chief Executive of Rocky Mountain Institute, Jules Kortenhorst told that
India has the unique potential to rapidly implement solutions that leapfrog
outdated transportation models. He lauded the Government initiative and said
the participation of key stakeholders from around the world in this charrette,
supported by the Indian government and coupled with the ambition of the work
itself, demonstrates the seriousness and dedication that India has applied in
assuming a global leadership role in transforming its mobility sector.
Anand Shah, a transportation expert at the Albright Stonebridge Group who
will participate in the event from the United States said that India has a
unique advantage, in pioneering a new development pathway. India could benefit
from emerging technologies, the nation could be a global leader in new
transportation methods similar to when India skipped landlines and computers to
embrace mobile phones and technologies.
Historically, as countries
developed, low-occupancy, petrol and diesel based vehicles proliferated,
leading to inefficient capital utilization, overburdened infrastructure, urban
congestion, and pollution.
On the current path, the number of personal vehicles could increase three-
to four-fold in India by 2030, at significant direct and indirect costs to the
economy and society. At the same time,
developed markets are testing technologies that could dramatically enhance
access to clean and affordable mobility options.
India’s ability to leverage new technologies to design integrated systems
of public and private transportation could deliver seamless and convenient
connectivity to urban and rural areas in India while creating new jobs,
improving the lives of millions of people, and protecting the environment.
It is expected that the deliberations over the next two days will provide
an impetus to the Government’s efforts to find mobility solutions for the
benefit of the people across the country.
NITI Aayog will be providing the directional and technical support for the
workshop while partnering with US based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
The RMI is an independent nonprofit set up in 1982 to transform global
energy use for a clean, prosperous and low-carbon future. It engages
businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the
adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil
fuels to efficiency and renewables. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder,
Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.