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Policy action

First generation action has taken roots. The city is far from meeting the clean air standards. Though an industrial city, vehicles have become a continuously increasing source of pollution. Clean fuel program and industry measures can be expected to provide some respite. Policy decisions and action so far in the city

Action on vehicles:

Kanpur

Kanpur is the largest city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is spread over an area of 260 sq km with a population of 25.51 lakh. The population is expected to increase to 48 lakhs by 2030 which amounts to adding a whole new Kanpur in 30 years. Even though it had originally grown as an industrial town, manufacturing is shrinking in this city. The city has strength in terms of heavy usage of cycling and walking but due to neglect the city is losing this advantage. Air pollution levels are one of the highest in the country.

Policy action

First generation action has taken roots. This has helped in arresting the rising trend in pollution. The city has yet to meet the clean air standards. Policy decisions and action so far in the city

Action on vehicles

  • The city has introduced Bharat Stage Euro IV norms for vehicles in 2010

Advocacy on urban transport and pollution

Forum for a Better Hyderabad

Forum For A Better Hyderabad was formed under the banner of ‘Hyderabad Bachao’ (Save Hyderabad), when some of the non-government organizations and citizens, concerned about environmental and developmental issues in and around Hyderabad city, came together on June 24, 2000 and focuses to address the emerging issues in the city.

Protect the rights of walkers

Right to Walk Foundation
Right to Walk Foundation has placed pedestrian infrastructure and safety and social equity on the policy agenda of the state. It has focused advocacy on pedestrian safety, improvement of sidewalks pedestrian crossings, removal of encroachments from public sidewalks and maintenance of sidewalks in Hyderabad and Secundrabad.

Action:

Campaigns on Public transport

Citizens for Better Public Transport in Hyderabad
It is a group of concerned citizens in Hyderabad fighting against the city’s planned elevated Metro rail project and have suggested alternatives such as bus rapid transit system that are a more cost effective strategy to save capital cost per km and passenger fares. They are also looking at pedestrian access and multi-modal integration.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad Metropolitan Area spreads over 1905 sq.km. The city has 7 million people. Additional one million people enter the city every day. The central core of the city -- only168 sq.km, holds 60 percent of the people and 70 percent of the jobs. Though the city’s air pollution shows arrested trend this Southern city is poised for vehicle explosion. Share of car trips is increasing steadily, taking away space from walkers and public transport users. Congestion has slowed down peak hour traffic. The city needs rapid mobility transition. .

Promotes Walking

The Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka

Policy action

Fazilka has implemented “Carfree City” concept in the main market area and installed traffic calming devices around the area. Also, Ecocabs cater to the transportation need of the residents.

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