Stating that flyovers and bridges were no solution to burgeoning traffic congestion in urban areas, director of urban transport, union ministry of urban development, RK Singh said that “people would have to turn to public transport” as panacea for all urban woes. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the four-day national conference and expo on urban mobility which will begin on Tuesday at Gandhinagar, Singh said, “The government would have to start ‘no- vehicle’ zones by force in time to come.”
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Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the conference at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on Tuesday evening. Being held for the first time outside Delhi after eight years since its inception in 2008, the conference will be attended by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and ministers Shankar Chaudhary, and Vallabh Vaghasia would be present at the meet.
Singh said that over 1,500 mayors and municipal councillors and more than 2,500 delegates from 25 countries would discuss ways to make roads pedestrian friendly and find smart parking solutions to tackle pollution and congestion in urban areas.
Experts and academics from various fields of urban transport would discuss planning of mobility for city’s sustainability at this meet. Topics will include improving city bus services, financing of metro systems, planning for low carbon transport, solutions for multi-modal urban transport, mobility in smart cities of Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan and road safety, sustainable vehicleswould be taken up. MD of Metrolink for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad IP Gautam, said the six of the 10 metro companies in the country would discuss and share their experience and expertise at the meet and discuss issues like pollution, congestion at the seminar.