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Smart Mobility
Smart Mobility
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Smart Technology
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Smart Environment
Water
Smart Water
Energy
Smart Energy
Current StatusCurrent Status
Smart Mobility

 

StrategyStrategy and Initiatives
1. To create a network of complete streets, designed for inclusive use of pedestrians, with markings for parking, and non-encroachment of commercial establishments.

Around 380 years back, Francis Day and Andrew Cogan bet big on a nondescript coastal land, called Chennappanaikan. This hamlet grew expeditiously and became the commercial and cultural hub called Chennai. As the sands of time piled up, so did the cities transport and related infrastructure woes. Determined to get ahead of its troubles, the Greater Chennai Corporation is proactively working with the ITDP India Programme in the field of sustainable mobility and urban planning.

With an ever-increasing population, estimated to be 9.8 million in 2015, Chennai’s urban transport facilities are under immense pressure. The city has been plagued by issues on various fronts, these include: its dubious distinction of road fatalities, recorded to be 1,300 in 2017; soaring motor vehicle registration, which stands at 4.2 million; a shortfall of 2,000 buses which forces its current fleet to run overcrowded.

Change isn’t easy in cities, especially since the car is a symbol for status. Knowing this well enough, the ITDP India Programme collaborated with the Chennai City Connect Foundation, in 2009, to highlight the poor conditions of walking and cycling infrastructure. In the years to follow, the city has taken drastic measures to improve the situation and the Non-Motorised Transport Policy validates its efforts.

The policy, a first of its kind in India, mandates a minimum of 60% of transport funding to create and maintain walking and cycling infrastructure in the city. So far, Chennai has retrofitted over 75 km of walkable streets and is redesigning an additional 60 km. Additionally, to support cycling, Chennai is planning a Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system with 5,000 cycles.

2. A network of bicycle lanes to promote use of bicycles as a regular commute option.

Cycle sharing is a public transport system in which people have access to cycles that can be used across a network of closely spaced stations. With a smart card or other form of identification, a user can check out a cycle from a station and return it to any other station.The Corporation of Chennai (COC) is planning a public cycle sharing system with approximately 3,000 cycles and an initial coverage area of about 19 square kilometres.

Chennai, thecapital of Tamil Nadu state, hasa population of 4.6 million, with nearly 9 million inhabitants in the larger metropolitan area.

1) The core city’s density is around 26,900 persons per sq km. Public transportin Chennai consists of Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses, suburban rail,and MRTS. In addition, a 45 km metro rail network is under construction. Currently MTC has around 3,800 buses carrying 52lakh passengers per day.
2) The three suburban rail lines and MRTS line comprise 123 km of corridors linking the city tosuburban regions such as Tambaram, Thirunindravur, Velachery and Minjur.
3) A dense network of stations across the coverage area, with spacing of approximately 300m between stations.
4) Cycles with specially designed parts and sizes to discourage theft and sale as whole or for parts.
5) A fully automated locking system at stations that allows users to check cycles in or out without the need for staffing at the station.
6) Radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) to track where a cycle is picked up, where it is returned, and the identity of the user.
7) Real-time monitoring of station occupancy rates through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), used to guide the redistribution of cycles.
8) Real-time user information provided through various platforms, including the web, mobile phones, and/or on-site terminals.
9) Advertising space on cycles and at stations (provides revenue generation options for system operator or city).
10) Pricing structures that incentivise short trips, helping to maximize the number of trips per cycle per day.

3. De-congest roads by providing appropriate parking infrastructure and make it a source of revenue for the city.

The main objective of the company will be to decongest commercial area and ease parking problems in key areas of the city. Official sources said that financing and revenue sharing models will be prepared by Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Fund Management Company after holding discussions with officials of CSCL and GCC.

The company will look at optimizing the limited space through creation of multi-level car parking. Many unutilised lands and property of GCC and government bodies will be promoted, maintained and monetised by the company. It is learnt that the government is planning to tap The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) lands in prime locations of the city as parking space.

Interestingly, Chennai was looking at having a parking management company after a high-level delegation visited Budapest five years ago. The delegation report then had highlighted how underground parking spaces were created in streets and busy junctions in Budapest.

Some of the features of Budapest parking management include charging vehicles for duration of parking, instead of a lump sum amount, besides having six options of paying parking fees, which include credit card, prepaid parking card, SMS and coins. Other features include charging high parking fee in the central business district.

4. Provide technological solutions for improving passenger experience through public transport buses.

Safe, modern, and efficient public transport, like the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, can help answer these problems. A mass rapid transport option, the BRT combines the efficiencies and quality of metro rails, with the flexibility and relative low cost of buses. And all of this can be executed at a fraction of the cost and effort that goes into constructing rail-based systems.

While high-capacity public transport solutions can move citizens across large distances within a city, good last-mile connectivity is important to make these systems accessible to more residents. This opportunity opened the way for Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS). Fast emerging as a popular public transit in Indian cities, it offers a dense network of stations and with a smart card, a user can check out a cycle from a station, use it for a short ride, and return it to any other station.

Goal and next stepGoals and Next Steps

Upon implementation of the above, people will be able to –

  • Pedestrianised Streets: 23 roads of T Nagar have been redesigned to include continuous footpaths with street furniture and provision of LED lights and bollards.
  • Redesign of Major Roads:CSCL endeavours to redesign and develop select roads and market areas in its area which are future ready and in compliance with smart city program, which seamlessly complements NMT policy. First phase includes redevelopment of G.N.Road and Venkatnarayana Road in T Nagar.
  • Pedestrian Plaza:The densely populated and crowded Pondy Bazar area of T Nagar is being redeveloped to widen footpaths and reduce carriage way to make it a convenient stop-and-shop experience for citizens. The Plaza would be complete with aesthetically designed street furniture, trees and water fountains.
  • Multi-level Car Parking: A multi-level car parking facility is being constructed at T Nagar to enable better traffic management and decongestion in the area.
  • Parking Management System: Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has initiated steps for implementation of Parking Management System (PMS) in Chennai City for improving the ‘on street’ parking operations, optimum usage of the available parking space and enhancing overall function of street in the city for operating an effective implementation plan and by better enforcement against parking violations.
  • Public Bicycle Sharing: Initiative to provide cycles-on-rent at identified cycle stations across the city for citizens to hire at a nominal user fee. Aims to decongest roads and promote a healthier, greener lifestyle amongst citizens.
  • Bicycle Lanes: Providing exclusive cycle lane across a 17 km stretch to make the roads safer for everyone, especially cyclists. Encourage cycling as an effective and efficient mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances.
  • Intelligent Traffic Management System: This project has two sub-systems- Intelligent Traffic Management and Intelligent Transport Management. Traffic management is to control traffic through adaptive systems which includes configuration of traffic signal at each of the junction along with development of signal control plan for individual operations. Transport Management refers to management of transport (buses) infrastructure by developing an electronic ticketing system, monitoring vehicular movement, Passenger Information System, fleet management system etc.

 

LookingLooking Ahead

We will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to –

  • 80% of Bus Route Roads to have continuous footpath in line with the Non-Motorised Transport Policy.
  • Reduce pedestrian and cyclist fatalities by providing complete network of footpath and cycle corridors across the city.
  • To invest 60% of city's transport budget on NMT infrastructure.
  • Provide multi-modal transport integration to encourage use of public transport and NMT facilities.
  • Seamless traffic and transport movement through intelligent systems for signals, passenger information, bus fleet management, etc.

 

Current StatusCurrent Status
Smart Technology

 

 

StrategyStrategy and Initiatives
1. Intelligent Transport System and Traffic Management

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2. Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs)/Bus Stops and Parking

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3. Environmental Friendliness in Transport

4. Smart Airport

Goal and next stepGoals and Next Steps

Upon implementation of the above, people will be able to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

LookingLooking Ahead

We will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

Current StatusCurrent Status
Smart Environment

 

 

StrategyStrategy and Initiatives
1. Intelligent Transport System and Traffic Management

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2. Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs)/Bus Stops and Parking

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3. Environmental Friendliness in Transport

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4. Smart Airport

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Goal and next stepGoals and Next Steps

Upon implementation of the above, people will be able to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

LookingLooking Ahead

We will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

Current StatusCurrent Status
Smart Water

 

 

StrategyStrategy and Initiatives
1. Intelligent Transport System and Traffic Management

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2. Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs)/Bus Stops and Parking

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3. Environmental Friendliness in Transport

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4. Smart Airport

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Goal and next stepGoals and Next Steps

Upon implementation of the above, people will be able to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

LookingLooking Ahead

We will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

Current StatusCurrent Status
Smart Energy

 

 

StrategyStrategy and Initiatives
1. Intelligent Transport System and Traffic Management

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2. Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs)/Bus Stops and Parking

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3. Environmental Friendliness in Transport

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4. Smart Airport

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Goal and next stepGoals and Next Steps

Upon implementation of the above, people will be able to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment

 

LookingLooking Ahead

We will continue to explore and formulate initiatives to –

  • enjoy more environmental friendly transport modes, including use of cleaner fuel in vessels to improve air quality and address other environmental concerns
  • plan their journeys more efficiently with real-time traffic information
  • enjoy better traffic planning and management through enhanced use of data analytics
  • enjoy easy and efficient travel with smart airport
  • enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment