The annual Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo is a flagship event held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The event is inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. The genesis of UMI is from the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP), which lays a very strong emphasis on building capabilities at the State and city level to address the problems associated with urban transport and undertake the task of developing sustainable urban transport systems. The event essentially has four components as below:
The primary objective of the conference is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference, and to help them keep up-to-date with best urban transport practices. The conference provides an opportunity for key decision makers and delegates to interact with other professionals, experts, academia, industry, civil society, technology, services providers and other stake holders in Urban Transport both domestic and international so that the delegates can carry home ideas to develop their urban transport along a sustainable path. It is also a forum to discuss key issues relevant to the sector and suggest measures to address them.
The expo is a special feature of UMI to disseminate and showcase the latest developments in urban transport technology and systems, implementation of best transport projects, propagation of innovative ideas, good urban transport initiatives and practices in the field. The best two exhibitors are selected by a jury for award.
The symposium provides a platform to highlight the current research carried out by academia and research institutes in urban transport, especially by young researchers pursuing post graduation or Ph.D. programs. The best three research projects are selected by a jury for award.
Awards for Excellence in Urban Transport
Awards are also presented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to best urban transport projects / initiatives selected by an Award Selection Committee in the following six categories:
- Best Non-motorized project
- Best city bus service project
- Best urban Mass transit project
- Best intelligent transport system
- Best initiative on improved road safety
- Best city in urban transport initiative