The National Urban Transport Policy: Reinventing Urban Transport?*



Case Code : CLMISC001
Publication date : 2008
Subject : Miscellaneous
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Length : 06 Pages
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Transport, Urbanization, Infrastructure, Indian National Urban Transport Policy


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Population growth, rapid urbanization, and industrial activity in India have led to various problems in the urban settlements. The urban infrastructure is not able to cope with the rapid pace of urbanization. Urban productivity is very dependent on the efficiency of its transport system. But almost all large Indian cities face transport problems. To tackle this issue the National Urban Transport Policy was introduced in April 2006. The policy discusses in detail various transport issues like integrating land use and transport planning, priority to the use of public transport, quality and pricing of public transport, technologies for public transport, integrated public transport systems, parking etc and suggests strategies to handle these issues. The policy though has its flaws. It falls short on enforcement and implementation, and handling issues like co-coordinating various agencies involved in transport, Intermediate Public Transport etc.


Public policy
National Urban Transport Policy


Population growth, rapid urbanization, and industrial activity in India have led to various problems in the urban regions. India's urban population is the second largest in the world, higher than the total urban population of all countries put together except for China, USA, and Russia. According to the census data of 2001, of the total population of 1,027 million, 285 million, that is, 27.8 percent live in urban areas...

Questions for Discussion:

1. What, according to you, are the reasons for the government of India's decision to come out with an NUTP? Are the objectives of the NUTP well defined? Discuss whether a blanket national policy would be more appropriate than a regional variant.
2. What measures do you suggest to make the NUTP more effective in addressing the problems faced by urban dwellers? Should international protocols and guidelines like the Kyoto protocol etc. be integrated into the national policy?

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