Friday, November 20, 2009

Planners, greens meet on transport system

Planners, greens meet on transport system

Staff Reporter
Bangalore: With a view to creating a socially, environmentally and economically transport system in the city, non-governmental organisation Praja and Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science, are organising MobiliCity, Bangalore’s first Sustainable Transportation Unconference on Saturday.

MobiliCity will bring together urban planners, policymakers and environmentalists to discuss the road to a sustainable transportation system. A panel discussion will look at land use planning, integrated and inclusive public transport systems (which incorporate non-motorised forms of transport), design of amenities, energy efficiency and good economics (balancing welfare and profit).

Speakers will include Transport Department Secretary M.K. Shankaralinge Gowda, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Managing Director Gaurav Gupta, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood, Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda, IIM-B Professor Ashwin Mahesh and CiSTUP Chairman T.G. Sitharam.

The panel discussion will be followed by four interactive sessions. The first, “Road design and standards: getting there”.

The other sessions will be “Multimodal transportation: seamless transit” and “Aatakkuntu, Lekkakkuntu — simulation of participation and planning in the evolution of Bangalore”.

Finally, “Urban planning and sustainable transportation: making it easy” will bring together urban planning experts for a discussion on how urban planning impacts sustainable mobility. The conference will be held between 9.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at CiSTUP, Indian Institute of Science.

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