[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #166] Institutional reforms for scaling up bus-based public transport in India (R. Gadepalli)

[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop #166] Institutional reforms for scaling up bus-based public transport in India (R. Gadepalli)

Event Details

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) & Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

are pleased to invite you to an Urban Workshop (n°166)



(Consultant, World Bank)


Institutional reforms for scaling up bus-based public transport in India


Tuesday, 19 December 2023, at 3:45 pm IST onwards

The session will be online over ZOOM, to register kindly fill out THIS FORM

The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page.

In case of any issues and for queries, please email: urbanization@cprindia.org

About talk:

Improving public transport to meet our growing travel demand needs sustainably is a strategy that excites experts, policy makers and the public alike. Buses offer a cheaper and more agile public transport service for rapidly urbanizing developing countries where transport networks need to be flexible to meet changing mobility patterns effectively. Despite their obvious benefits, however, bus systems in India have not scaled up to meet the expectations of the growing population, primarily owing to the poor financial position of bus agencies which are struggling with growing staff and fuel costs even as the revenues are stagnant.
Government’s financial support to public transport is discretionary in nature and is mostly limited to capital support for fleet procurement, infrastructure development and to reimburse for the concessional travel obligations. Instead, bus agencies need consistent funding support to meet their cost and service obligations. In this context, the World Bank is supporting the institutionalization of a ‘Public Transport Service Contract (PTSC)’ mechanism in Chennai that formalizes a five-year commitment by the Government of Tamil Nadu to provide Viability Gap Funding for Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) Chennai to improve its bus services. The model offers several learnings about ensuring financial sustainability and improving service quality of bus services across India. The talk will cover a baseline assessment of bus services in India, key gaps and how PTSC can address some of the challenges.

Ravi is a consultant with the World Bank working on public transport and electric mobility initiatives. Over the past few years, he has been part of various initiatives advancing clean public transport systems in India including: technical inputs to improve bankability of Government of India’s recent procurement of ~12,000 electric buses; development of city level e-bus transition roadmaps for Chennai and Bangalore; bus service planning and scheduling improvement projects; and preparing city level action plans for electrification of paratransit services.
Ravi has completed his Masters and Ph.D. from IIT Delhi on public transport planning and has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He is based out of Bangalore and has more than fifteen years of experience working in the sector.

This is the hundred and sixty-six (166) in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Stéphanie Tawa Lama of CSH at tawalama@ehess.frMukta Naik at mukta@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr

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