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 03/2024
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 September 2023, ITDP India launched a working paper on the National Common Mobility Card. Launched in collaboration with the National Payments Council of India and the national Institute of Urban Transport, the publication highlights the benefits and a path forward for 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.
  • ITDP and WRI India co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Kochi at the 15th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo 2022 with decision makers & technical experts.
  • In December 2022, ITDP India collaborated with Pune Municipal Corporation to release the ‘Pune’s Walk & Cycle Analysis’ report.…
  • ITDP participated in a discussion on decarbonizing pathways for Tamil Nadu at the Tamil Nadu Climate Change Summit 2022.
  • In July 2022 India Cycles4Change Challenge and Streets4People Challenge came together at an two-day Healthy Streets Workshop in Bengaluru organised by IDTP. Over 100 officials from 37 cities participated in the workshop which included sessions on institutional reforms, action for permanent street transformation, and outreach.
  • The ‘Healthy Streets, Healthy Cities Leaderboard’ website ( was launched, offering a tool to help cities track the progress towards their 2023 Goals as part of the three Challenges.
  • Chennai became first Indian city to set up a Gender & Policy Lab, in which ITDP has been included as the mobility expert of the Lab. For this, ITDP, 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.
  • IDTP supported PMPML, the public bus operator in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad creating their ‘Vision 2027’, with goals to expand its fleet and e-bus infrastructure and improve bus access.
  • In May 2022 ITDP India supported the launch of Nagpur’s healthy streets programme launch and empaneled three national-level urban designers.
  • In January 2022, MoHUA and ITDP India initiated and launched the Freedom2Walk&Cycle Challenge for City Leaders to foster a long term behavioural change in city leaders & citizens to walk and cycle. During the month-long campaign, city leaders and citizens walked and cycled over 1.2 million km and organised over 220 events. Seeing its impact, in January 2023, ITDP launched a second campaign Freedom2WalkCycleRun. Over 340 participants from 46 cities are participating. As of February 2023, over 19,000 km have been clocked by 144 leaders in 29 cities.
  • 4/2021: Launch of the Transport4All Challenge by ITDP together with the Smart City Mission and the Urban Transport Department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • In Coimbatore, the design for two model roads was completed and construction initiated on a pilot stretch while intersection testing was done.
  • ITDP gave technical inputs on a Street Design and Management Policy for the city of Coimbatore.
  • In January 2020, Pune received the Sustainable Transport Award 2020, which recognizes the city's ITDP-supported commitment to all sustainable modes of transport with significant growth in pedestrian infrastructure.
  • ITDP assisted Greater Chennai Corporation and Chennai Smart City Limited

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