France: Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Government of India is undertaking some initiatives to contain ill effects of growing vehicular population in the country. Addressing the Ministerial Round Table at the World Congress on ‘Towards Intelligent Mobility –Better Use of Space’ being held at Bordeaux, France today, Shri Naidu gave a detailed account of the efforts being made in the country to promote Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
Ministers from over 30 countries have attended the Round Table today.Shri Naidu is attending the World congress being organized by French Government on the personal invitation of French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development Ms. Segelone Royal.Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed that as a result of rapid increase in urban population in the country, vehicle fleet has grown 9% per year during the last decade.
He said that the Government is focusing on introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for traffic management and technological improvements in urban transport sector to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.Referring to ITS Project being implemented in Mysore, Shri Naidu informed that it resulted in 23% reduction in accidents, 15% increase in ridership, reduction in requirement of 32 buses and reduction in carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes per year.
Ministry of Urban Development has provided financial assistance for procuring 25,000 buses in over 170 cities and these buses are pre-equipped with ITS features like GPS, passenger information system and CCTV cameras which improve travel experience of commuters.
Shri Naidu also informed that the Smart City Mission seeks to promote citizen centric transport systems and application of ITS.