Bus Rapid Transit System

Study to examine and provide feedback on Bus rapid transit system in Pune and Ahmedabad.

A city like Ahmedabad, which has won many awards for its BRTS, and Pune, which is the first BRTS in India, both have a functioning BRTS and is work in-progress for expansion. With the initiation of Smart Cities, AMRUT and other projects on urban development and investment where BRT is on the investment agenda of many cities, the near absence of un-biased feedback leading to experiential learning is a handicap for the cities that are opting for the BRT system now. Therefore, INHAF is working on an advocacy effort through a study that looks at the BRTS’ working, acceptance, performance, financial viability, strengths and weaknesses in Pune and Ahmedabad. The aim is to provide feedback on all aspects of BRTS, which is intended to weigh the decision making of BRTS expansion plans. This is an effort to demystify the BRTS, its terminology and technology, in India. It’s the first-ever people-centered report on an extensive public facility. Whatever exists on BRTS is either given by authorities, media, or consultants; it has never been seen from the people’s/user’s perspective, as our report attempts to capture. It is a very detailed, involved, knowledge-based analysis of the system which does not neglect even the technical part. We have collected our information through multiple sources: focus group discussions with people from different sectors of society, interviews with experts, surveys of BRTS- and non-BRTS- users, media analysis, and extensive secondary data.

The meeting highlighted that only a small number of construction workers had returned to work (about 50 percent) in the cities; the abrupt decision to impose the  lockdown has had adverse impacts on the workers and the employers both; workers wanting to return faced many obstacles , in the villages and the cities and as a result work uptake in the construction sector was  slow. Labour contractors were bearing higher expenses and more labour management compared to earlier. As workers were coming back to the sites, contractors have had to ensure safe and  improved working conditions on the sites. .

The INHAF effort—possibly the first in the urban sector in the country and the only one—is
a) to highlight the need for and the virtue of the bottom-up way of defining and measuring poverty, a subject of national concern and development planning and action ( the poor who live poverty are well equipped to define it )
b) to develop and demonstrate a participatory, consultative and community engaging methodology in doing so
c) to contribute to demystification of the poverty line, at the top and the bottom, at the government and the city slum level
d) to highlight the known deficiencies and inadequacies of the existing definition and the measuring method—the uni-dimensional, nutrition-based poverty line—to ascertain that poverty is a multifaceted and a multidimensional phenomenon.

Pune has several dynamic unions and organizations of the hard working urban poor who are sensitive to the impact that poverty line has on their entitlements, benefits and development. With these member-based unions and organizations of the poor as partners, INHAF is piloting Poor Defining Poverty Line Initiative in Pune.

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