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Transport Sector Stakeholder Consultations | Session 02: Towards Decarbonization of Urban Transport in India

Rapid urbanization has led to a significant rise in travel demand, with passenger activity increasing by 267% during 2005-2015. Longer trip distances, increased share of private motorized transport, and declining share of public and non-motorized transport have resulted in increased congestion, deteriorating air quality and significant greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.

If you missed attending the webinar, you can watch the recording here:

India has, in the recent years, sought to decarbonize its urban transport sector through electrification, alternate fuels and efficient public transport systems. Upcoming policies must also focus on meeting the transport demand in an efficient manner while delivering environmental and developmental benefits. There is a need to further explore ‘avoid’ and ‘shift’ solutions such as transport demand management, shared mobility and non-motorized transport.

To know more, please download the background note. This stakeholder consultation aims to:

  • Identify stakeholder priorities and objectives in line with decarbonizing India’s urban transport.
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities specific to India regarding mass electrification of urban transport.
  • Brainstorm smart infrastructure solutions facilitating multimodal integration in cities.
  • Discuss effective governance and institutional frameworks enabling effective mass electrification of urban transport.
  • Discuss the future of national level interventions.
  • Identify pathways for incorporating electrification targets in India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


  • M Janaki, Director, Urban Transport and Smart City Mission – II, MoHUA
  • Prabhjot Kaur, Co-founder & CEO, Esmito Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Prasanna Patwardhan, Chairman and Managing Director, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shivanand Swamy, Executive Director, Centre for Excellence in Urban Transport (CoE-UT), CEPT University.
  • Dr OP Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
  • Ulka Kelkar, Director, Climate Program, WRI India
  • Subrata Chakrabarty, Senior Manager, Climate Program, WRI India

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