India Sustainable Mobility Initiative

To provide efficient mobility for the 200 million new urban dwellers expected by 2030 and mitigate the use of private vehicles and GHG emissions, India must achieve a dramatic increase in high quality rapid transit and improvements in walking and cycling infrastructure and urban development patterns. Working with national, state, and city level government stakeholders, the Initiative will achieve a shift to low carbon transport modes. The project will help to develop urban transport policies and investments that prioritize low carbon mobility. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has developed a catalog of, which includes advice and capacity development for investments in pedestrian and bicycle paths and the expansion of vehicle fleets in public transport. The project will work at the national level to produce guidance that accelerates subnational projects and policies, and with the states to institutionalize methodologies for transport planning.

Project data

IKI funding
3,250,000.00 €
09/2015 till 09/2024
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) - India

State of implementation/results

  • In March 2024, the project joined the Smart Cities Mission in launching two ambitious publications: The "Streets for People - Pathways of Change from India’s Smart Cities" compendium documents 50 street transformation project case studies across various cities to capture learnings and insights from the process (…). The "Healthy Streets Design Workbook" aims to guide cities throughout the country on the process of designing Healthy Streets (…).
  • In January 2024, the Smart Cities Mission and the project conducted a national-level workshop on "Streets and Public Spaces" in Pimpri-Chinchwad, marking the culmination of two national programmes — the India Cycles4Change and Streets4People Challenges. The event included an announcement of the top 15 Champion cities and the launch of a publication — "Transforming Lives with Healthy Streets: The Journey of the India Cycles4Change and Streets4People Challenges" — documenting the journey of the Challenges (…).
  • At the national workshop in January 2024, Pimpri-Chinchwad also showcased its street transformation journey along with the launch of the publication ‘Pimpri-Chinchwad on Foot and Cycle’ report, assessing the impact of the city’s street design projects (…).
  • In October 2024, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation received an award for "City With the Best Non-Motorized Transport System" at the 16th Urban Mobility India Conference 2023 for its Pimple Saudagar Neighborhood project with over 90 km of people-centric streets, including segregated cycle tracks and footpaths. The project has been supporting the city in planning and implementing these sustainable mobility initiatives.
  • In September 2023, the project launched a working paper on the National Common Mobility Card in collaboration with the National Payments Council of India and the national Institute of Urban Transport. The publication highlights the benefits of the implementation of the card as a unified ticketing system for various transport modes.
  • In September 2023, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs wrapped up Stage 2 of the Transport4All Challenge and announced the top 10 winning startups. Stage 2 spanned 10 months and involved 46 cities and over 60 startups.
  • In June 2022, Chennai became the first Indian city to set up a Gender & Policy Lab that is supported by the project. For this, the project, in collaboration with World Bank and Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC), organised workshops for 120+ city officials on gender-inclusive public transport and streets in June 2022.

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