NITI Aayog organised ‘MOVE’ Global Mobility Summit on 7-8 September, 2018 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. WEC India was associated as Knowledge Partner for the Summit and published a report titled “Zero Emission Vehicles: Towards a Policy Framework”

The Summit had the participation of Intergovernmental organisations, Global Leaders, international dignitaries, academia, policy think tanks from across the mobility sector. The idea behind organizing the MOVE Summit was to have the Mobility at the centre stage of the entire planning process and to bring the entire ecosystem together to shape the future of Mobility.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Summit focusing on the need to build a seamless mobility for economic growth, improve the quality of life and preserve our planet.

Some of the key takeaways for stakeholders to reshape Mobility in India:

> Common public transport must be made the cornerstone of Mobility; efficient and convenient public transport would answer twin problems of pollution and congestion.

> India needs to build template the world can adopt; Create demand by making public aware of the benefits of public transport, need to ensure that the existing employment is not disrupted with these incoming technologies.

> Transition from public to private mobility needs to be arrested and corrected

> The idea of Clean kilometers must be envisaged and the country’s future mobility strategy should be guided by 7C’s i.e. Common-Connected- Convenient-Congestion free- Charged- Clean and Cutting edge.

> New business models should be driven by digitization such as Intelligent Transport Systems.

> Encouraging and enabling data collection and sharing which would facilitate linking of currently disparate models of transport and unlock tremendous value within transportation systems in the country. Traffic data analytics for smart signaling, infrastructure planning, demand based route planning is needed and there is a need to have a common architecture and platform for all data types.

> The ultimate objective of sustainable mobility would be mobility driven by renewables and the scope of mobility strategy should be bounded by a stipulated date.

> The concept of integrated transport policy should be promoted and the Govt. is planning to draft it soon.

> There is a need for building strong metropolitan institutions for integrated public transport management and creating an unified transport/metropolitan authority in cities could be the starting point.

> Creating Institutional Enablers; Promote integration transport planning with urban planning and creating common platform for ticketing and management.

> Adopt multiple pathways to sustainable mobility and designing policies for smooth transition from ICE to EVs.

> Convergence of charging strategies for different modes of transport.

> Impetus to Non-motorised transport and disincentivizing private mode of transport; Discourage private vehicles and encourage non motorized options like walking, cycling. Efficient utilization of fixed assets such as roads, parking is required.

> Public-Private partnership should be promoted on a transparent basis.

> Need for subsidy should be reduced through alternate means of funding, Franchise model for funding city buses should be explored.