Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Sunday conducted a one-day workshop under the aegis of the National Mass Transit Training and Research Institute (NMTTRI) on the requirement of creating smart cities, metro and mono projects. The workshop benefited representatives from various Metro Rail Corporations, infrastructure implementing agencies, urban local bodies and agencies involved in development and operation of public transport who were invited from different parts of the country.
This was the eighth such workshop conducted in collaboration with the US Department of Transport (DoT). Anthony Foxx, Secretary, DoT, inaugurated the workshop. “The upcoming newer modes of transport such as Metro, LRT, Mono Rail demand more knowledge and expertise in their planning, implementation and operations. In order to effectively and economically implement such capital intensive projects, it is necessary to understand through appraisal and evaluation of such projects, factors contributing to time and cost over runs, to arrive at the right implementation strategies. The workshop dealt with all such issues”, said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, in his key-note address.
The one-day workshop also deliberated on the requirement of smart cities and the accruing benefits in the wake of the advancing technology and ever growing internet world. “The future is a choice and I think the efforts of MMRDA will prove to be a choice in the right direction for both the city of Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra. I believe your work will help to advance and realize the important bilateral commitments made by US President Obama and Prime Minister Modi for our two countries,” Secretary Foxx said.
The curriculum of the workshop during the last seven occasions had included topics such as public transport security, safety and emergency disaster management, noise pollution and abatement measures for urban transportation, integrated ticketing seamless travel across the modes and intelligent transportation system.
The workshop was a part of the Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) signed between Federal Transit Authority (FTA), USA and the Government of Maharashtra. The MoC envisages FTA and GoM to work jointly towards development in the field of public transportation. It has also been mutually agreed to participate and undertake various activities for development of public transport in India.
The workshop was attended by organizations such as the Union Ministry of Urban Development several Metro Rail Corporations, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), CIDCO, BEST, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, MSRDC etc.