ESCBS (Efficient & Sustainable City Bus Services Project)



Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Services Project (ESCBSP)

The ESCBS project is in its initial stages of implementation and is slated to complete by December, 2018. Project was declared Effective on 29 August 2016. The project has been funded by GEF grant through the World Bank by about USD 113 Million, GoI funds under the Bus Funding Scheme and State Governments’ funds; it isintended to fund only the incremental cost of such activities that enhance sustainability, energy efficiency, quality of city bus servicesand therefore,augment the potential for GHG emissions reductions from the baseline.

Four cities (Bhopal, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Mira - Bhayandar) havebeen identified by MoUDthrough a competitive selection process for purposes of demonstration of the sustainability and efficiency gains with transport services and modern city buses. The ESCBSP is well structured and includes thefollowing components:

The Component 1 covers policy/regulations study, capacity building at national level, formalization of guidance documents for modern bus depot designs and ITS, and an exchange programme between the SPVs and the STUs

The Component 2 provides for the physical demonstration of the concepts in the identified four cities, in the areas of fare collection, ITS & MIS, and modern depots for efficient city bus services. The component also provides for a mix of Technical Assistance to the selected cities in financing/PPP, enhancing fuel efficiency, Route Planning, Business Planning, marketing, and branding strategies.

Focus is on the following key points.

  • Reforms:
  • -Review of the legal, regulatory, institutional, and fiscal constraints in operation of efficient and sustainable city bus services;
  • -Identification of areas for reform;
  • -Development of policy notes for initiating deliberations at the national, state and city levels for addressing identified issues.
  • Capacity Building Program: A comprehensive program that would include training programs, knowledge, and exchange events for sharing of best practices and experiences among public and private stakeholdersaimed to develop the nascent urban bus sector.
  • Modernization Interventions: Targeted city level interventions to highlight low cost high impact initiatives in bus operations and user responsive initiatives.

The Component 3 deals with a structured reviewing and reporting system for the project.

A detailed flow chart detailing the components of the project is given below.

ESCBSP Funding

ESCBSP is funded by GEF, World Bank, GoI and participating cities and states. The funding of the project is illustrated in the diagram as follows.

Project’s Development Objective (PDO) and outcome indicators:

Table: Project’s Development Objective (PDO) ESCBS

Objectives Outcome Indicators Project Beneficiaries
The project's development objective is to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of city bus transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the demonstration cities. Reduction in GHG emissions because of adoption of modernization initiatives by project cities Improved bus energy efficiency in km/l Reduction in Rate of breakdowns per 10,000 km Increased user satisfaction of women for travel on buses Project beneficiaries18 (core sector indicator) Access to safe, affordable and efficient bus public transport will in particular improve access to economic opportunities for the urban poor leading to significant socio-economic impacts. Two of the four demonstration cities are the state capitals of low income states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and the impacts of improved mobility are likely to result in large gains for the overall local economy. The urban bus sector community in general and the demonstration city bus project would benefit from the capacity building impact of the Project.

Technical Documents

Component 1

> Contract signed – 4 January, 2018

> Completion Period – 12 Months

> Actual Cost – Rs. 1.65 crores +GST

> Contract Awarded- Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd ( DIMTS)

> Contract signed – 1 October, 2018

> Completion Period – 11 Months

> Actual Cost – Rs. 1.56 crores +GST

> Contract Awarded- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, in Joint venture (JV) with Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT)

> Contract signed – 30 October, 2018

> Completion Period – 11 Months

> Actual Cost – Rs. Rs. 2.5 crores + GST

> Contract Awarded - Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd ( DIMTS) in association with Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT)

> Contract signed – 27 April, 2018

> Completion Period – 8 Months

> Actual Cost – Rs. 1.55 crores+GST

> Contract Awarded - Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd ( DIMTS) in association with Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT)

> Contract signed – 1 October, 2018

> Completion Period – 8 Months

> Actual Cost – Zone 1 (86 Lakh + GST) & Zone 3 (38 Lakh + GST)

                          Zone 2- 1.36 crores + GST

> Contract Awarded - Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) - Zone 1 & Zone 3 Centum Learning Limited in Joint venture (JV) with Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) - Zone 2 )

  • Knowledge Exchange Workshop: Building on the Experience from Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) held on 22-23 Feb, 2019 at Hubli Dharwad

   Day 1

   > Building on the experience from SUTP PDF

   > AICTSL Indore Public Transit System PDF

   > Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in City Bus PDF

   > Pimpri Chinchwad BRTS PDF


   > World Bank _ India Urban Mobility Model PDF

   > Hubli Dharwad BRTS PDF


   > Learnings from the implementation of the SUTP PDF

   Day 2

   > Creating Cities for People PDF

   > Transforming Cities through Integrated Planning PDF

   > Hubli Dharwad City Development Framework PDF

   > Mysore PBS - Lesson Learnt PDF

   > Naya Raipur TOD PDF

  • Knowledge Sharing Workshop & Mid - term Review -4.09.2017.

   > BCLL Presentation PDF

   > Bhopal City Link Limited PDF


   > BMTC ITS - Presentation PDF

   > Efficient & Sustainable City Bus Services MTR PDF

   > ESCBS - Bopal - GHG PDF

   > ESCBS Indicators PDF

   > ESCBS Mid term mission Chandigarh PDF

   > ESCBS Mira Bhayander User Survey PDF

   > ESCBS Seminar City Bus Operations PDF

   > International experience with Informal Transit PDF

   > Jaipur Bhopal PDF

   > MBMC Presentation PDF


   > Session II ESCBS Workshop ITS MIS Session PDF

   > Session IV ESCBS Workshop ESMAP Approach 2018 Version 1 PDF

   > User Satisfaction Survey Presentation 4 Sep17 PDF

  • Knowledge Exchange Workshop on 'Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in Public Transport' held on 5th November, 2017 at Hyderabad .  

   Session 1: Implementation models for adopting ITS in public transport

   > ITS Implementation Models PDF

   > ITS For Kochi PDF


   > Implementation Models for adoptind ITS -Ahemdabad PDF

   Session 2: Increasing productivity through ITS implementation

   > Increasing Productivity Through ITS Implementation PDF

   > ITS Implementation- A Case Study on Hyderabad Metro PDF

   > Intelligent Transport System in Delhi Metro PDF


   > Pitch CODATU PDF

   Session 3: Smart Transport Ticketing in India

   > Contactless Ticketing Multimodal Transport and Payment PDF

   > Smart Transport Ticketing in India PDF

   > Verifone PDF

Component 2

Operations Manual

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Draft Environment and Social Management Framework

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Environment and Social Management Framework –Summary

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Environmental Safeguard Management Framework (ESMF)-MoUD-Disclosure

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General Procurment Notice

Efficient & Sustainable City Bus Services

  • ESCBS Project under GEF-5: Engagement of one Procurement expert and one Environment and Social Safeguard Expert-

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> Download Document: Ext of application submission date PDF

  • Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service (ESCBS)


> Location: India

> Date of submission: 29 January 2016, 1500 hrs(IST)

> Download EOI: PDF

> Download draft Tor: PDF

Please note submissions have to be done electronically as directed in the detailed EOI

Please Note:

1. The EOI is uploaded on The tender ID is 2016_MoUD_67400_1 .

2. Submissions have to be done electronically as directed in the detailed EOI.

Corrigendum to RFEoI ESCBS (GEF-5) date extended till 15.02.2016 : PDF

> Engagement of procurement expert and environment-social safeguard expert 

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