Green Urban Mobility Scheme: Key Features and Objectives

Introduction

On 16th March 2017, the government of India took another step toward to make India clean and gree by launching a  “Green Urban Mobility Scheme” in 103 cities for transportation to promote the use of hybrid/electric vehicles and non-fossil fuels among others for public transport. The scheme was
inaugurated by Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu. Government is formulating the scheme to make the cities green and more eco-friendly.

Objectives:

  • To promote the use of green public transports and cheer up growth of urban transport along low Carbon path for reduction in pollution.

Key Features:

  • In the beginning, the scheme would cover about 103 cities having more than 5 lakh population which would be implemented in the period of seven years, would involve setting up of footpaths, cycle tracks, public bike sharing, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, intelligent transport system, non-fossil fuels for public transport and urban freight management and innovating financing for transport systems.
  • The government is to encourage the non-motorized transportation in the urban cities with the intention of reducing carbon emission from the motorized transportation.
  • This scheme will play a vital role, other than the metro rail systems on converting public mode of transportations in those selected urban cities of the nation, Around Rs.70, 000 crores would be required to implement the scheme.
  • In the scheme 10% amount will be contributed by urban local bodies, 30% amount would be given by the Centre and states government and the remaining 60% amount would be raised as loan from multi-lateral agencies.
  • Under this scheme, edition of Metro Acts and Standardisation and Indigenisation of Metro systems, new Metro Rail Policy aimed at increased private sector participation also include.
  • In the scheme new policy initiatives to cheer up private investments in weather friendly and sustainable public transport method like Metro rail, Non-motorised Transport and other low carbon emitting systems in urban areas.

Proposed Reforms

  • Setting up of and operationalizing UMTA.
  • Preparation of Comprehensive Mobility Plans and integration of the same with Master Plan of the city/town and Adoption of Travel Demand Management measures (Parking policy, congestion pricing etc.) Implementation of Transit Oriented development.
  • Adoption and implementation of an Encroachment policy aimed at ensuring availability of full right of way and policy for Urban Street Vendors.
Name of the scheme
Green Urban Mobility Scheme
Lunched
On 16th March, 2017
Lunched By
Government of India
Inaugurated By
Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu
Eligibility
Urban areas must have population more than 5 lakh
motivation
To reduce the emission of carbon in transport
Aim of this scheme
To promote the use of green public transports
Budget Cost
Rs.70, 000 crore

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