Groups/Initiatives/NGOs working for a sustainable Pune traffic management
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 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.
A group of volunteers working on traffic management and pollution control issues.
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
Surajya Sangharsh Samiti: http://surajya.org/
Some NGOs which dont have a website (yet):
Pedestrians First (convened by Mr. Prashant Inamdar)
PMP Pravasi Manch
(Thanks Prashant and Salil for their inputs)
If there are any others that I have missed out – please add a comment with details, including a link to their website.