At the TUMI Conference 2022 the Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, Mr Manoj Joshi, addressed the audience with a message highlighting the importance of the Green Urban Mobility Partnership (GUMP) between India and Germany: “The focus of the GUMP is on improving the access to public transport and integrated urban mobility services by providing state-of-the-art green infrastructure and build capacity of organisations and individuals to implement such projects”.
He also highlighted the ASI Approach in green infrastructure projects of the Green Urban Mobility Partnership: “AVOID travel demand, SHIFT travel from individual motorized transport to public transport and active mobility and IMPROVE existing infrastructure”.
Mr Manoj Joshi emphasized synergies of green mobility, energy transition and climate change: “Only through coupling of energy and transport sectors we can guarantee that electrification of transport infrastructure will lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions”.
He expressed his gratitude to the German Government’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for supporting the partnership through KfW with concessional loans up to 1 billion EUR, through which for example a Water Metro in Kochi has been financed catering for 80,000 trips daily and more than 2500 new buses will be bought in Tamil Nadu.
Finally, the GUMP is contributing to the Government of India’s climate goals: “I am convinced that this bilateral partnership will continue to have a large impact on India’s transition toward green urban mobility and help achieve Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s ‘Panchamrit’ targets for climate action.”
Watch the full message on youtube.
Laghu Parashar — Deputy Project Head
Integrated Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities (SMART-SUT)