Saturday , 21 July 2018

IPSCDL’s consultant asked to ‘complement’ Comprehensive Mobility Plan report

PANAJI: The state level task force on mobility has asked empanelled consultant of Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) to complement its study report on Comprehensive Mobility Plan with the NITI Aayog’s requirement so as to help the state meet the July 31 deadline.

The NITI Aayog has set a deadline to every state to prepare and submit the Comprehensive Mobility Plan by July 31 in the light of global mobility summit planned on September 7 and 8 in New Delhi.

The summit will provide a platform for key national and international stakeholders-policymakers, innovators and manufacturers in the automotive sector from across the globe.

In this summit, the mobility strategies prepared by every state will help to formulate a national policy.

During the state level task force meeting held on Thursday, a presentation was made to the members explaining the concept of mobility strategy and it was decided to appoint a consultant from among the empanelled consultants enrolled with project cell of Goa Tourism Development Corporation. However, the members later unanimously decided to ask IPSCDL to complement its report from the agency engaged to prepare mobility report for the state.

The decision came in the backdrop that task force would not be able to meet the deadline if it has to follow the tender process in appointing new consultant to complete the preparation of mobility strategies, which involves in-depth research and generation of data with support and inputs form various departments and stakeholders.

IPSCDL has engaged Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) to prepare a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for sustainable regional transport over a 20 year planning horizon for the state of Goa and also Parking Master Plan (PMP) for the city of Panaji.

The company has completed its interim report on the mobility plan.

The NITI Aayog has asked all the states to prepare mobility strategies which will focus on different modes of transport to ensure long term sustainability, as well as to reform parking norms, improve pedestrian facilities, promote electric mobility, and apply innovative solutions for resolving  different issues of mobility.

The state government constituted a task force on mobility on July 4 as per the NITI Aayog’s request to the states to formulate strategies for addressing issues concerning urban and rural mobility and to list challenges and innovative solutions through which different issues of mobility can be solved.

The Chief Secretary, Dharmendra Sharma is heading the 24-member state-level task force, which comprises senior officials from various departments, field experts, stakeholders and representatives from non-profit organizations and industry bodies.

The force was constituted after much delay; the NITI Aayog had mentioned that “a state level task force on mobility may be constituted by June 10 followed by an orientation workshop on mobility for stakeholders.”

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