Bhubaneswar: World Resources Institute, India( WRI) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop sustainable urban mobility planning for Bhubaneswar. The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by H&UD Minister of Odisha Shri Pushpendra Singh Deo, Commissioner of Police (Bhubaneswar & Cuttack) Shri YB Khurania, Transport Commissioner-cum-Chairman State Transport Authority Shri. DS Kutey, Engineer-in-chief-cum-Secretary Works Shri. Nalinikanta Pradhan, Director Housing Shri. Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited Shri. Vineel Krishna and a few independent standing volunteers of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT).
This MoU ensures an integrated effort by both BDA & WRI India to address transport and development challenges, such as road safety, traffic congestion, long commuting time, inadequate mobility alternatives, poor transport infrastructure, transport related pollutants, design of public space and planning of city areas. This MoU shall remain effective only for one year. However, later it may be extended with mutual consent. Director, Integrated Transport of WRI India, Shri Amit Bhatt and BDA Planning member Shri. Sudhiranjan Mohanty placed their signatures from either sides .
Addressing the gathering Shri. Amit Bhatt ran the audience through a presentation. On the occasion the H&UD Minister of Odisha Shri. Pushpendra Singh Deo said “as the urban mobility is a subject in which convergence of ideas and action is of prime importance, we have to ensure it for building a better Smart City.’’ VC BDA Dr. Krishan Kumar said that WRI’s Vision Zero concept for minimizing road accidents had been adopted by several states and we were happy that it had started from Bhubaneswar last September. “We have planned for a child-friendly and livable city and this association with WRI shall help us in getting more ideas,’’ he added. He also mentioned that the city is going to have a transformation in public transport system by having more number of buses under the city bus service network.