‘Availability of public transport is best in Jammu’

JAMMU, NOV 8: In an effort to lay the groundwork for building a sustainable mobility ecosystem, Ola Mobility Institute, the research and outreach arm of Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, today released India’s first Ease of Moving Index 2018. Findings from the report reveal that Jammu ranks highest reported public transport coverage. The report seeks to offer a comprehensive action plan for cities to further strengthen their public transportation systems and improve the overall state of mobility.
The report was released by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, in the presence of Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola, amongst other key dignitaries.
With mobility needs being city-specific, the report surveys over 43,000 respondents from 20 cities spanning across the length and breadth of the country. These cities were selected on five parameters – Scale, Character, Culture, Economy and Geography. Considering 50+ parameters that have been segmented into People, Infrastructure and Sustainability as the pillars of evaluation, the report assesses the accessibility, efficiency and safety of current transportation facilities. With sustainability being the need of the hour, the index offers a roadmap which will aid transit agencies and urban planners to make informed decisions and align solutions with the preferences of commuters.
The report also reveals some other interesting insights about the mobility scenario in Jammu which include: Jammu ranks second highest in providing overall satisfaction in using public transport. Half of the city’s population prefer public transport, Non-motorised Transport (NMT) and Intermediate Public Transport (IPT). 71pc women use public transport. 81% of the people find public transit affordable, 96 pc do not wait for more than 15 minutes for buses to arrive at the stops in the city. Almost 100 pc of people in Jammu consider that it is essential for their vehicles to be environment-friendly
Speaking at the launch event, Nitin Gadkari said, “The ease of moving index is a commendable effort to assess the state of mobility for cities. This report has important information that can help public stakeholders, city administrators and city planners in making smarter decisions to address pollution, congestion, and safety, and in building dynamic solutions to improve mobility for citizens at large.”
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola said, “The revolution in mobility is just beginning and we believe the emergence of a mobility economy can be a catalyst for economic and social development for the nation. The ‘Ease of Moving Index’ helps us begin to assess the importance of Mobility for cities and citizens. The Ola Mobility Institute will work on projects to help mobility contribute to economic development, and we welcome collaboration to strengthen the “Ease of Moving Index” as an annual benchmark for improved mobility.”
The rapid growth of shared mobility, the growth of new business models, the growing demand for moving goods, and increased national interest in electric vehicles hint that India is at the forefront of emerging trends in sustainable transportation.