CITIES FORUM is the technical partner of “SMART MOVE Innovative Urban Mobility Challenge”. It is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs supported by the Smart Cities Mission, the National Institute of Urban Affairs and GIZ India.

The objective of this national data challenge is:

  • Restore public transport ridership: How to use available mobility datasets and understand commuter travel patterns to restore public transport operations keeping demand management, fleet augmentation, data driven responsive approach, digitalisation, real time information etc. in mind.
  • Promote transportation sustainability: Based on available and attainable datasets how urban mobility in cities can be supported for planning a resilient and sustainable transport system for cities.
  • Long term solution: How to use mobility data for facing such pandemics in future.
  • Performance driven: How the proposed solution shall measure key performance indicators to ensure success of the solution.

Government of India through Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is implementing National Smart Cities Mission, an urban renewal program with an objective to develop smart cities across the country, making them citizen friendly and sustainable. The mission is being implemented in more than 100 cities in India and data is playing a key role in making plans and strategies for these smart cities.

Building on the National Smart Cities Mission, GIZ is supporting MoHUA in organizing a global data challenge with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) as implementation partner for organizing SMART MOVE: Innovative Urban Mobility Challenge, a global urban mobility challenge to address mobility challenges faced by Indian cities. The data challenge is outlined considering the Government of India’s efforts to become Aatma Nirbhar (self-reliant) and help cities to transform into a digitally empowered society.

The main objective of the challenge is to develop solutions for enhancing innovation in urban mobility by taking the current situation as an opportunity to improve urban mobility system and to help public transport’s and freight recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis using big data.

The challenge will help improving the accessibility and mobility of people and goods by unlocking the potential of urban mobility datasets. Under the challenge, we are looking for an innovative solution in the urban mobility sector that can help cities with offering a safe, sustainable, efficient and smart urban transport systems.

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