Geneva, 4 March 2015 - O Indore is one of the six cities around the world selected by the SMP for the development of sustainable mobility with the support of BMW, Brisa, Ford, Fujitsu and VW. Since July-2014, 7 parameters have been worked on under the umbrella of SMP 2.0 :
- Road Safety
- Congestion and Delay
- Travel Time
- Inter Model Connectivity
- Quality of public area
- Access to mobility services
- Access for deficiency group
Following last month’s trials on the section of Jawahar Marg from Patel Bridge to Nandlalpura, an impact analysis took place with various stakeholders from the area. The discussions were very constructive, creating further ideas to improve the already positive results such as better ways to manage the impact of the magic vans and city buses on the traffic flow. Provision of organized and smart parking facilities for the residents ofIndore has equally been agreed to.
To build on this success and investigate further practical improvements, it has been agreed to structure further trials which will take place in the next months. Under consideration is an extension of the Jawahar Marg trail to the rest of the road and to instigate a similar scheme on Sapna Sangeeta. The shop owners association proposed to develop the multilevel parking in Jawahar Marg with the help of local support.
CEO of AICTSL Mr. Sandeep Soni has answered the questions raised by the shop owners and the WBCSD. He ensured that the implementation of a hassle free traffic movement would be done in a similar fashion as in Jawahar Marg after consultation with shop owners, keeping their suggestions in mind.
In addition to the trials and subsequent stakeholder discussions, it is important that the wider population is consulted on the various aspects of mobility in Indore. Drawing on work done in the other SMP 2.0 demonstrator cities, such as Campinas, Brazil, a Mobility Survey will be launched in the near future and run by ISSW on behalf of the city.
Michael Fahy, Director SMP 2.0, WBCSD, says “It is pleasing to see that simple, low cost solutions can be found to improve congestion whilst creating a safer road for both motorists and pedestrians. We are highly encouraged by the positive feedback and suggestions provided by various stakeholders. Building on our experience and input from the upcoming citizens mobility survey, we will be in a good position to help the city develop a robust mobility plan.”