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Friday, October 6, 2017

NITI AAYOG SETS UP NATIONAL LEVEL COMMITTEE FOR IMPLEMENTING INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

 The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) has set up a National level committee having members from various ministries and states for developing and implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems for better and and smarter mobility in the country.

" The National level Committee will have various stake holders including central, state , foreign ITS companies and private partners active in sector along with several working groups which will develop the National ITS policy and set uniform standards to implement it in various parts of the country including major cities" said Mr Anil srivastava , IAS , Advisor , (Infrastructure) NITI Aayog , while speaking at a Roundtable on ITS in India organised by International Road Federation (IRF) , the Geneva based global road safety body working for better and safer roads world wide.

" Some of the subjects covered by various working groups in the ITS Committee will include Traffic management, parking management, electronic enforcement of traffic rules, fleet management and monitoring ,setting up ITS technical standards , generating awareness for acceptance by public and initiating ,encouraging pilot projects and developing affordable ITS suited to Indian driving conditions " said Mr Srivastava.

NITI Aayog and the International Road Federation, (IRF) had recently signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to cooperate in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in India.

"The objective of this national ITS Policy will be to contribute to reducing urban traffic congestion, improving the situation around parking of vehicles in cities, improving road safety, and improving the security of passenger and goods traffic.” said Dr Adnan Rahman , Director General, International Road Federation, Geneva While speaking on the occasion.

"The work of this National Platform will provide a coherent and consistent National ITS Policy covering domains such as traffic and parking management, enforcement, and security. It will contribute to the Government of India’s SMART City Program, the Make in India initiative, and to a host of other initiatives aimed at the economic and social development of India." said Mr Vijay Chibber, Advisor IRF and former secretary ,Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) while speaking at the ITS roundtable.

At present ITS has been partially implemented in very few cities in India including Mumbai, Bangalore, Surat and Bhopal

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