Government is joining hands with premier technical institutions like IITs and NITs to find effective solutions to growing urban transport problems.
The Urban Development Ministry will on Monday sign MoU with IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras, NIT-Warangal and Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad, to avail their expertise in the field of urban transportation.
"We hope to acquire quality technology and city specific solutions to emerging urban transportation issues from these institutions," a senior Urban Development Ministry official said.
The Ministry feels that there is a gap in capacity at the level of researchers, specialists, policy makers and executers of various projects related to urban transport that could be bridged.
The tie-up with reputed institutions will also facilitate training of officials involved in urban transport planning.
This will help us in creating centres of excellence for getting inputs from professionals on urban transportation issues affecting cities, the official said.
Currently, urban transport planners have offered many solutions, including Metro rail, Sky Bus, Monorail, Bus Rapid Transit System, to address the commuters' woes.
Intelligent Transportation System, traffic monitoring centre for real time traffic detection and monitoring are other emerging trend in the sector.
Efforts are on to integrate various modes of urban transport to help commuters reaching destinations on a faster pace, the official said. "However, there is a need to focus on applied research area of urban transportation to address the problem in a better way."
The UD Ministry has pledged to give about Rs 35 crores to these reputed institutions for getting professional help as part of the capacity building.
We have plans to have more such tie-ups with other institutions like Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore to address the growing challenges in this field, he said.