Delhi has been selected as one of India’s ‘Lighthouse Cities’ to host a Urban Mobility Lab, a programme that helps project teams generate solutions to complex mobility problems and test their solutions as pilots in a Lighthouse City.
The Lab, which will serve as an ongoing platform to support financing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of pilots, will be inaugurated on June 26, announced Delhi Government’s think-tank Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
The Urban Mobility Lab is expected to become a platform for turning Delhi Government’s flagship policies on mobility, like electric vehicle policy, into projects on the ground.
As per Government of India’s think-tank NITI Aayog, the Urban Mobility Lab will provide a multi-day workshop to rapidly advance innovative solutions with the support of expert advisors; a methodology for integrating multiple pilots that address parts of the mobility transition into a whole system strategy in one location; and support in disseminating lessons learned to other communities in India and beyond.
The initiative will demonstrate ways to upgrade mobility services to meet the needs of rapidly growing cities while bringing operational efficiency and reducing pollution, congestion, and petroleum demand.
Pune was selected as the first Lighthouse City under the initiative.