Indore moves towards sustainable mobility for all

The City of Indore meets with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for delivery of final project report on sustainable mobility

Indore, 27th January 2016The City of Indore met with delegates of the WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Project (SMP2.0), the leaders of the city task force, and representatives of the supporting member companies led by Ford India. This meeting marks the end of SMP2.0 as the project delivers its final report on sustainable mobility solutions for the City of Indore.

By 2050, 70% of the world's population is estimated to live in cities. This requires cities to become more competitive, resource efficient, resilient and inclusive. Reaching these goals will need major transformations in urban infrastructure systems including mobility, which provides access to basic needs such as health, employment and education.  An in-depth analysis of the mobility system is integral to the realization of sustainability objectives.

Together with Indore city authorities SMP2.0 developed a multimodal mobility roadmap that aims to extend access to safe, reliable and comfortable mobility for all, whilst aiming for affordability, zero traffic accidents, low environmental impact, and reduced demand on energy and time.

Michael Fahy, Director of the WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Project, said: “SMP2.0 has demonstrated that global companies working with leading cities such as Indore can significantly help cities improve sustainable mobility for all. By facilitating the movement of people and goods, adoption of the recommendations from this project has the potential to have a real positive impact on the lives of the citizens of Indore, the environment and the economy.”  

SMP2.0 portrays a radically different transportation landscape in which pedestrian, bicycle, private motorcycles and cars, commercial vehicles and public transportation are woven into a connected network that saves time, conserves resources, lowers emissions and improves safety. The project aims to optimize the system in its entirety with the automobile being only one element of a broader transportation ecosystem.

Nigel Harris, President of Ford India, said: “Ford Motor Company was honored to lead WBCSD’s SMP2.0 activity in Indore.  We are grateful to the city and we thank all participants from the city government, city businesses and citizens as well as other WBCSD companies who worked with us on this project. Their enthusiasm and contributions were essential in pursuing sustainable mobility solutions for Indore and implementing the methodology in a disciplined fashion.”

The project began with an Inaugural Ceremony in July 2014.  Since then, the City has met with the SMP2.0 team every 2-3 months to implement project methodology. The first steps included the calculation of sustainable mobility indicators, surveying the citizens in order to agree on a prioritized list of mobility indicators. SMP2.0 delivered a recommended list of potential solutions tailored for the city of Indore, which has been reviewed and further developed in dialogue with key city stakeholders. Several pilots have been implemented to test the feasibility and benefits of some of the priority solutions. The team developed a roadmap for implementation and was proud to present the report documenting their analysis, recommendations, and plans.

The District Collector of Indore, P. Narahari, said “When we tried to put forward various proposals for the improvement of the city mobility, we get a lot of pressure from different dimensions. WBCSD study has enabled us to improve the mobility support of the city with its various suggestions. Now we are in a very comfortable situation to improve our mobility system. We can say that the WBCSD study, which was done in a very scientific manner, will enable us to convince everybody in order to improve the mobility of the city.”

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