Programme Coordinator (Urban)
Dinesh Mohan is Honorary Professor IIT Delhi. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the IIT Bombay, he obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Michigan. He started his career at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Washington DC and then moved to the IIT Delhi. He is the recipient of: Distinguished Career Award from the University of Delaware, Distinguished Alumnus Award of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the American Public Health Association International Distinguished Career Award, the Bertil Aldman Award of the
International Council on Biomechanics of Impacts, the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine’s Award of Merit and the International Association for Accident & Traffic Medicine’s International Award and Medal for outstanding achievement in traffic safety.
Adnl Municipal Commissioner, Nashik Municipal Corporation
Ranjit graduated from IIT Kanpur with a Masters in Physics before going to Cornell University for further studies. He then worked as an IT consultant for 7 years before returning to India in pursuit of something more meaningful.
He has been associated with several NGOs gaining experience in various sectors. Ranjit served as Programme Director of Janwani, an initiative of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture where he launched several urban governance projects. He worked briefly with an international foundation as their transport programme officer. He was the Lead India finalist from Pune. Ranjit’s current interest is non-motorized transport.
Ravi works as an independent consultant with the World Bank and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) on policy, planning and implementation issues concerning public transport and electric mobility. Over the past twelve years he worked as a researcher, consultant and philanthropic fund manager on sustainable transport projects across India. Some of his recent achievements include analytical support to improve bus services in Bangalore through development of India’s first Bus Priority Lane (BPL) and securing financial support from the budget for BMTC, inputs to National level policies to advance electric buses such as the FAME scheme. Ravi completed his Masters and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi where he worked on ‘Developing a framework for integrated planning of bus and paratransit services in Indian cities’.
Rutul Joshi is an architect-urban planner with a PhD in transportation studies from the University of the West of England, Bristol (UK). Rutul teaches urban planning at CEPT University, Ahmedabad with 19 years of experience in the field of urban spatial and transport planning. Recently, Rutul lead a multi-year research project on contextualizing transit-oriented development for Indian cities and the key project outcome was the TOD planning handbook which was used to trained a number of government planners and officials. Rutul is also a ‘sustainable mobility’ enthusiast and aspires to build advocacy campaigns around safer streets design and effective parking policies for Indian cities. He writes occasionally in the newspapers and media on civic issues.
Shreya Gadepalli is the South Asia Director at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). She currently leads ITDP’s South Asia team in guiding public agencies on the implementation of sustainable transport and urban planning best practices, reform of urban transport policy and capacity building of public officials and practitioners. Shreya is regarded as one of the foremost experts on sustainable urban mobility in India. She has guided the planning of bus rapid transit (BRT) in many cities across India including Ahmedabad’s Janmarg—India’s first high-quality BRT system. Her other areas of expertise include planning and design of non-motorised transport facilities, parking management, and transit-oriented development. She has contributed to national and state policies, guidelines, and standards, and is sought after as a speaker on issues urban mobility. Shreya received a Master’s in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.
- Timezone: America/New_York
- Date: Sep 25 2020
- Sep 25 2020
Sustainable Mobility Fortnight- Where is my bus?
Programme Coordinator (Urban), CEE, Pune
The webinar will be focused on the need to improve the bus based public transport in Indian cities. Irrespective of the benchmark of 50 buses per lakh population – set up by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) – most of our cities do not even have 5 buses per lakh population. Some of the past efforts to augment the bus fleet under the JNNURM resulted in an increase in the number of buses in some large cities, but failed to transform the public transport scenario in mid-sized or small cities. While the Smart Cities Mission focuses on improving non-motorised transport in Indian cities, it does not have a component on systemic improvement of city bus services. This absence of any robust program on bus systems improvement at the National level has resulted in rapid increase in private vehicles.
The webinar will explore both the structural, ‘big picture’ issues with bus based public transport while discussing how to improve bus services in the country in general and in medium and small cities in particular. The panel of the experts put together for the webinar bring in diverse voices from academia, professional practice, advocacy and city government.