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Groups/Initiatives/NGOs working for a sustainable Pune traffic management

Posted in Pune by Amit Paranjape on April 30, 2010

Pune is one of the fastest growing cities in India. Over 500 new vehicles are getting added everyday. Clearly the roads and other infrastructure is not keeping pace with the growth. More over, basic lack of discipline amongst all kinds of road users (Trucks, Busses, Cars, 2 Wheelers, Cycles and Pedestrians) is further adding to the already bad situation.

Sustainable Development & Traffic Management in Pune are extremely important issues. Efforts are needed on multiple fronts:

  • Infrastructure Development (Roads/Bridges/Flyovers/etc.)
  • Public Transportation Improvement (Busses/Trains/Metros)
  • Improvements for Pedestrians & Cyclists (Footpaths/Safe Crossings/Cycle Tracks)
  • Better Traffic Management (Signals/One-ways/Parking Restrictions/etc.)
  • Traffic Rules Awareness, Compliance & Safety (Zebra Crossings/Helmets/Seatbelts/etc.)

Detailed Design/Planning/Evaluation and Citizens-Government Interactions are important. However it is also important to not delay the development for too long. This article attempts to list various initiatives/NGOs/other work groups that are active in this area (with links to their websites).

[Note -  1. I personally may not agree with all of their recommendations, but do agree that overall they are doing great work for Pune.   2. I have written a couple blogs on this topic:  2010 Wish List For Pune Traffic  , 10 Things I would like to see before Seat-Belts are made Mandatory in Pune  and will continue to write more in the future]

 

List of NGOs/Initiatives/Work Groups

 

Save Pune Traffic Movement http://www.savepunetraffic.org

Vision: To achieve an orderly, chaos free and sustainable traffic system for Pune, which will be a model for the rest of India. Focused on driving awareness of traffic rules, compliance, etc.

Parisar http://www.parisar.org/

Parisar is a civil society organization working on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable development. Here’s a good talk by Ranjit Gadgil about the various issues related sustainable traffic development in Pune: http://blip.tv/file/get/Rgadgi-SustainableTransport448.mp3  (link credit: http://iyerdeepak.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/sustainable-traffic/ )

Intelligent Pune www.intelligentpune.org

Current focus on ‘Demystifying the Pune Metro Project’ – discussion on various issues pertaining the current proposed design.

Nirdhar Pune

A group of volunteers working on traffic management and pollution control issues.

Janwani www.janwani.org

Net Impact Pune – a professional chapter of http://www.netimpact.org

The group has worked to solve Hinjewadi Traffic problems in the past and is still trying hard to get results based on the research done by partnering with Hinjewadi Industry Association. Check http://nipune.org/?tag=hto for information on Hinjwadi Traffic Optimization and also the detail report…

Nagrik Chetna Manch: http://www.nagrikchetna.com/punetraffic.htm

CDSA: http://www.cdsaindia.org/

Surajya Sangharsh Samiti: http://surajya.org/

Some NGOs which dont have a website (yet):
Pedestrians First (convened by Mr. Prashant Inamdar)
PMP Pravasi Manch

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(Thanks Prashant and Salil for their inputs)

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If there are any others that I have missed out – please add a comment with details, including a link to their website.

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  1. Salil said, on April 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Other NGOs dealing with traffic management among other things:

    Nagrik Chetna Manch: http://www.nagrikchetna.com/punetraffic.htm

    CDSA: http://www.cdsaindia.org/

    Surajya Sangharsh Samiti: http://surajya.org/

    Some NGOs which dont have a website (yet):
    Pedestrians FIrst (convened by Mr. Prashant Inamdar)
    PMP Pravasi Manch

  2. Prashant Sachdev said, on April 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Amit, you have missed Net Impact Pune – a professional chapter of http://www.netimpact.org

    The group has worked to solve Hinjewadi Traffic problems in the past and is still trying hard to get results based on the research done by partnering with Hinjewadi Industry Association. Check http://nipune.org/?tag=hto for information on Hinjwadi Traffic Optimization and also the detail report…

    For your information, the group is moving ahead to work on other related projects like BRT with itdp.org and also in other sectors like education, energy, empowering disables, forest conservation and more…

    Website: http://www.nipune.org

  3. Amit Paranjape said, on May 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Salil, Prashant: Thanks for the additions.

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