Pune is India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab

Urban Mobility

In a program organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and NITI Aayog, Pune has been selected as India’s first lighthouse city for urban mobility lab. The lab ensures to promote and support a replicable process for identifying, integrating, implementing and scaling innovative mobility solutions in the Indian cities. Four multi-stakeholder working groups along with eight solutions providers from India will develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune, through the urban mobility lab which is led by RMI in partnership with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The aim of the urban mobility lab is to support broad adoption of shared, clean and connected mobility by connecting local, on-the-ground learning with state and central policy making. Doing so, not only will it save India 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide emissions but also USD 330 billion of avoided fuel imports by 2030.

Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, (Transport and Ports), Home Department, Government of Maharashtra said, “It is our consistent endeavor to improve access, affordability, congestion, pollution and safety. I look forward to the outcomes of the Pune urban mobility lab and how solutions can be scaled up across the State.”

From data analytics for public transport service providers to electricity mobility services, six opportunity areas in Pune’s mobility system were proposed in its conclusion report, namely, traffic and parking management, non-motorised transport, public transport, intermediate public transport, booking and payment and electric mobility. A total of eight solution providers--Ashok Leyland, Lithium Urban Technologies, Ola Cabs, Ridlr, Mahindra and Mahindra, SUN Mobility, Transit Intelligence and Tata Motors--participated in the program.

That said, the Central Government also intends to help to scale up. “Urban mobility has been a core focus area of the Central Government as it looks to reducing its reliance for imported fuel and controlling air pollution levels across cities. In order to achieve advanced passenger mobility, India is poised to lead the world. It can also help to leapfrog the traditional paradigm of privately-owned, under utilized and fossil fuel-powered vehicles to a future of shared, clean and connected mobility,” added Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute.