Traffic & Transportation
“If you build it, he will come.” If you build a system for vehicles, vehicles will come. Build a system for people instead!”
Today, economic growth of any country is determined by its urban growth and sustainability. Of crucial importance to urban growth and development is the issue of commutability and mobility in the cities. In the past, people across the world had tried to provide mobility by making movement of personal vehicles easier either by building more roads or by widening existing ones. Technological advancement helped build flyovers only to find that this in turn brings more personal vehicles on roads and makes the problem even worse!
Over the last 20-25 years or so, many cities have realized that the problem can be addressed only by providing mobility to people, not vehicles. This can be done by
- By sharing the urban land for transportation on a per-person basis.
- Making it difficult for people to use more land than their due share.
In other words encouraging walking, public transportation and cycling rather than use of personal vehicles – two wheelers and cars.
In India too, the National Urban Transportation Policy (NUTP), issued by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, echoes this very line of thinking. Pune has developed its own Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) based on NUTP.
Janwani believes that adopting the principals put forth in NUTP will substantially improve Pune’s traffic situation. Janwani intends to trigger and facilitate this process not only by creating a healthy dialogue between experts, policy makers, implementing authorities, civil society representatives and citizen groups, but also by orchestrating projects that will encourage Walking, Bus (public transport) and Cycling – after all, these WBC are the White Blood Cells needed for a healthy urban transport!