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Government of India
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
28-November-2014 16:41 IST
‘Rahagiri’ gets UD Ministry’s Excellence Award; Karnataka bags four of ten Awards of Excellence for urban transport initiatives; Shri Babul Supriyo calls for adoption of Intelligent Transport Initiatives

Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Babul Supriyo has urged the states and urban local bodies to adopt Intelligent Transport Systems in urban areas to improve urban mobility. Stating that quick, reliable and sustainable urban mobility is the lifeline of quality of urban life, the Minister has said that smart cities will provide bench marked transport systems. He was addressing the ‘Urban Mobility India conference and Expo’ that concluded today. The four day meet was organized by the Institute of Urban Transport and Ministry of Urban Development. He gave away the ‘Awards of Excellence’ instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development for promoting best urban transport systems.

‘Rahagiri’ initiative of Gurgaon District Administration has won the ‘Award of Excellence’ as a commendable emerging initiative in the category of ‘Best Non Motorised Transport Project’. The Ministry’s citation described this initiative as ‘one that can transform itself into a major effort at improving NMT facilities and promoting their use and, hence, worthy of Award’.

Karnataka has bagged four of the ten Excellence Awards. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has won the Award of Excellence in the category of ‘Best Intelligent Transport System Project’ for their ITS initiative at Mysore that presents a comprehensive approach to ITS covering vehicle location system, passenger information system and fare collection which is replicable. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation was awarded for ‘Best City Bus Service’ while North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation has won an award in the same category for replicable innovation for small cities. Bangalore Traffic Police was honoured for their ‘Best Initiative in Improving safety in Urban Transport’.

Other winners of Awards of Excellence were : Bhopal Municipal Corporation for ‘Best Urban Mass Transport Project’ , Corporation of Chennai for their ‘Street Design Project’, Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited for ‘Ibus (BRTS) Project’, Nirmal Foundation, Ahmedabad for ‘G-Auto’ Project and Logisure Solutions, Jaipur for ‘Urban Delivery Van Network’.