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Future needs in urban transportation

The National Urban Transport Policy, promulgated in 2006 is a seminal document currently guiding urban transportation planning and infrastructure development. A number of other key policy documents are in the process of formulation. These include the submissions to the XII Five Year Plan process, the Report of the High Powered Expert Committee on Indian Urban Infrastructure and Services and the
National Mission on Sustainable Habitat

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Urbanization Report by McKinsey Global Institute

India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth

The introduction to this document says that MGI conducted a 21 month study to understand India's urbanization, to identify what was holding back India's cities and what policy changes could transform the situation on the ground.

The report makes recommendations which it says have the potential to add 1 to 1.5 percent to national annual GDP. For this, it says that 5 dimensions are important - funding,

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Draft Approach Paper to the XII Plan

The XII Plan period is from 2012 to 2017. The Planning Commission develops an Approach Paper at the beginning of each five-year planning exercise. The overview in ‘An Approach Paper to the 12th Five Year Plan‘ states that ,  In preparing the Approach Paper, the Planning Commission has consulted much more widely than ever before recognising the fact that citizens are now much better informed and also keen to engage. Over 950 civil society organisations across the country have provided inputs;

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Input on Urban Transport for XII Five Year Plan

The Planning Commission had constituted a working group under the Chairmanship of Dr. E. Sreedharan, MD/DMRC to make recommendations on urban transport for the 12th FYP.

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Urban Infrastructure and Services – Report of the High Powered Expert Committee

The High Powered Expert Committee on Indian Urban Infrastructure and Services, chaired by Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, was set by the Ministry of Urban Development in May 2008 for estimating the investment requirements

for urban infrastructure services.

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Urban Transport Parameters proposed under National Mission on Sustainable Habitat

Under the National Action Plan for Climate Change, the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat has been launched to cover various aspects which include better urban planning and modal shift to public transport.

Regarding Urban Transport, the objectives of the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat (NMSH) are

“To address the issue of mitigating climate change by taking appropriate action with respect to the transport

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Whither Plan C?

A recent op-edby Planning Commission member Arun Maira in the Indian Express makes encouraging reading. But, is the work on the XII Plan actually following this third paradigm?

What are the ground level strategies to apply the principles of ‘localization, lateralization, learning and listening’ that Mr Maira talks about?

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National Urban Transport Policy

The National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) was launched in 2006 by the Government of India Ministry of Urban Development.

Draft bill for Non-motorized Vehicles

Expert Group Constituted

An Expert Group has been constituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, to look into the issues of livelihood concerns of the Rickshaw pullers and other people earning a living out of Non-Motorized Vehicles (NMVS) in urban areas and help prepare

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Workshop to discuss Hawkers and Vendors Draft Scheme for Maharashtra held in Pune

SUM Net members Parisar and Centre for Environment Education organised a workshop to discuss the draft rules of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. The State Government is required to prepare the Rules for implementation of the Act. In addition to the Rules, the State Government is also required to frame a Scheme for Street Vendors (“Second Schedule”) after due consultations with the local authority and the Town Vending Committee.

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