The Across Latitudes and Cultures BRT Centre of Excellence invites to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our March webinar will be:
“BRT in India – a way forward”
Presented by Pranjali Deshpande, on Thursday March 31th, 19:30 (India Standard Time, GMT +05:30). Mrs. Pranjali Deshpande- Agashe is an architect and urban planner, working in the field of sustainable transportation. Currently she manages Maharashtra Programme of Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP India). ITDP is an international non-profit organization that promotes sustainable and equitable transport policies and programs
We will discuss the history of BRT in India as well as status- as on- today and future of BRT in India. Around 2006, BRT was welcomed by some Indian cities. Lack of expertise, hastiness, lack of political will, resulted in poor implementation and Indian BRT was badly critised by the local as well as international experts. Around 2009, Ahmedabad implemented a good BRT system and it started a new generation of BRT. Later on, many cities like Pune- pimpri Chinchwad, Indore changed the overall BRT approach and came up with better systems. Today, BRT is again getting acceptance and more Indian cities are willing to implement it.
Webinar topic will compare and discuss the design, operational planning, financial and institutional framework details of major BRTs in India. It will also detail out the need of BRT in developing countries.
Mrs. Pranjali has worked on various sustainable transport initiatives like BRT, transit oriented development, Parking policy, street designing in Indian cities. She played an important role in operational planning for ‘Pune Bus Day’- an event to promote public transport. She provided technical support on BRT infrastructure design and bus operations to government organisations for ‘Rainbow’ BRT- a bus rapid transit system in Pune- Pimpri-Chinchwad. She has also worked on Street design manual for Indian cities published by ITDP as well as currently working on Indian Road Congress’s BRT standard guide for Indian cities. She has participated and presented technical papers in various conferences like Transed and UMI. She has conducted training sessions on BRTS and sustainable transportation for Government officials, various organisations and students. She also teaches ‘Sustainable Transportation’ subject at PVP college of Architecture.