About the project

Project Name: Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)


The 2011 census states that the population of India is 1.21 billion. The population is predicted to increase to 1.32 billion in 2021. At present some 30 per cent of India's population lives in urban areas, and is anticipated to increase to 40 per cent by 2021. As a result of the drastic increase in population and economic activity, India has experienced a tremendous growth of motor vehicles in the last ten years. 20.4 The total number of registered motor vehicles increased from about 0.3 million as on 31st March, 1951 to 159.5 million as on 31st March, 2012. The total registered vehicles in the country grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.5% between 2002 and 2012.

Imagine the Chaos in urban areas as a result of the growth in private vehicles!

People must realise that the approach of predicting demand and providing road capacity to cater for that demand is unsustainable both in environmental and economic terms. The increase in private car usage is a major contributor to the growth in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and is detrimental to the environment both in India and globally. Most nations have already realised that road capacity cannot be provided to cater for the predicted increase in private cars. The answer is to provide greater public transport capacity, which is of a higher quality and more efficient; as well as high quality Non-Motorised Transport Networks.

Government of India’s (GoI) vision for providing a Sustainable Urban Transport System

GoI vision for providing a Sustainable Urban Transport System is contained within the 2006 National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP). Achieving a sustainable urban transport system has become a primary objective with the adoption of National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) by the GoI in 2006. Efforts to reduce or contain environmental impacts form an important component of this objective.

National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) 2006

The vision of NUTP is:

  • To recognize that people occupy centre-stage in our cities and all plans would be for their common benefit and well-being.
  • To make our cities the most liveable in the world and enable them to become the "engines of economic growth" that power India's development in the 21st century
  • To allow our cities to evolve into an urban form that is best suited for the unique geography of their locations and is best placed to support the main social and economic activities that take place in the city.

The MoUD has initiated the SUTP with support of GEF and the World Bank to foster a long-term partnership between GoI and state/local governments in the implementation of a greener environment under the ambit of the NUTP. The aim of the project is to achieve a paradigm shift in India’s urban transport systems in favour of sustainable development.

The MoUD is the nodal agency for the implementation of the project, to be implemented over a four-year period starting from May, 2010 to 30 November 2014 which is now extended till March 2018. Project cost is Rs. 14,161.55 Million. The Project’s Development Objective (PDO) is to promote environmentally sustainable urban transport in India and to improve the usage of environment-friendly transport modes through demonstration projects in selected cities.

The Project Development Objectives are

  • to promote environmentally sustainable urban transport nationally;
  • to improve the usage of environment-friendly transport modes through demonstration projects in selected cities

World Bank funded projects require performance monitoring indicators. The SUTP key overall indicators to measure performance in achieving the project development and global environmental objective are:

  • The number of cities that develop an identifiable urban transport planning process (i.e., managed by professional units of government, following certain procedures and guidance, and involving various level of analytical work) increases.
  • Mode shares in Hubli-Dharwad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Naya Raipur become more sustainable by project end.
  • A significant amount of co-benefits are achieved as forecast transport CO2 emissions in the demonstration cities are lower than their “business-as-usual” or “without-project” forecasts.

Project Overview

SUTP – an initiative of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) with support of:

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Bank (WB)
  • Participating States and Cities


SUTP is funded by GEF, World Bank, UNDP, GoI and participating cities and states. The fund flow is explained in diagram provided below:

Source of Funds

Funding Agency Total Project Cost (INR M)
GoI 3,753.37
State Govt. 5,021.43
Project Implementing Agencies 3,468.28
IBRD(Loan through World Bank) 6,298.20
GEF(Grant through World Bank) 1,107.60
GEF(Grant through UNDP) 243.00
Total 19,891.88


The SUTP consists of three components which are capacity building, demonstration projects and strengthening of project management.

Component 1: National Capacity Development Initiatives

Under the influence of the NUTP and JnNURM initiatives, urban transport has received considerable attention since 2006 and is no longer the least important issue in urban governance. However, it has been recognized that limited institutional and human capacity in urban transport at both national and local levels is a major constrain. In order to overcome this situation SUTP aims at improve the capacities of the government officials and decision makers in the urban transport sector, so that they appreciate urban transport in all its dimensions and develop the skills for undertaking urban transport planning and management in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

This component supports outputs and activities focused on Institutional and individual capacity development for government agencies/ institutions already engaged in urban transport planning and implementation such as MoUD, state bodies, transport departments, municipal corporations in identified cities. This is further sub divided in two sub components detailed below:

Component 1 A: is supported by UNDP (with a GEF grant), this component deals with institutional and individual capacity building.

Following work is being done under this component:

Institutional capacity building

  • Strengthening the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) and Setting up of publication, research, training and library cell and a knowledge management centre (KMC).

Individual capacity building

  • Individual Capacity Development through Training of Trainers and Training 1000 Professionals - Development of 10 Subject Modules & Training Kits.
  • Preparation of Toolkits (PC3): Preparation of 15 Toolkits. For providing step by step guidance to Urban Transport Planners at National, State and Local level toolkits are being prepared by Centres of Excellence and other institutes such as IITs, CEPT, SPA, TERI; and
  • Promotion, raising-awareness, and dissemination activities to expand and enhance the impacts of the SUTP. Under dissemination activities SUTP Newsletter is published every quarter, Annual meet is held every year, SUTP website is maintained and regularly updated and dissemination workshops are carried out in demonstration cities.

Component 1 B: This Component will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Urban Development to improve national, state and local capacity to implement the capacity building elements and the public- and non-motorized-transport- related aspects of National Urban Transport Policy. This component is being implemented through assistance from GEF funds through World Bank.

Following work is being done under this component

  • Operations Documents for Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) and Urban Transport Fund (UTF) and selected cities prepared
  • Operations Documents for Traffic Management and Information Control Centre (TMICC) and National Public Transport Helpline (NPTH) and selected cities prepared
  • Guidance Documents for Non Motorised Transport (NMT) Plan, Bike Sharing Scheme and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and selected cities prepared
  • Urban Transport Research
  • GHG Emissions Assessment methodology
  • Leaders program: Capacity Building for Leaders in Urban Transport Planning. As part of the capacity building programme; senior level government officers and midlevel government officers have been trained with the exposure of international field visits
  • Program Evaluation Study of Deployment of Buses by Cities under NURM
  • Guidelines & Model Contract for City Bus Private Operations; and
  • Project Preparatory Consultants for GEF 5. Four cities namely Jaipur, Mira Bhayandar, Bhopal and Chandigarh are under this programme

Training details of total number of officials trained under Component 1.

Component 1A (UNDP) Officials trained Component 1B (World Bank) Officials trained
Validation of Modules & toolkits 846 LUTP (Seoul & Singapore 2012 & 2013 & 2014 & 2015 for seven days) 129
Training of Trainers (100 to be trained) 79 CEPT CEPT (Batch 1, 2, 3 & 4 8 month program) 142
Capacity Building of City officials (Approx 1000 to be trained) 1021 Component 1B (National workshops) 903
Workshops on various Urban Transport subjects and Dissemination workshops (Four demonstrations cities till date) 457 Study Tour (Sustainable Urban Transport 2010 & TOD 2013) 45
Total 2403 Total 1219
Total 1A +1B 3622

For further details please visit the link No. of Officials trained Component 1A
No. of Officials trained Component 1B

Component 2: Demonstration Cities

This component is supported by the World Bank (with a GEF grant and an IBRD loan), would include a series of demonstration capacity building and investment projects in selected states and cities, which will be implemented by the MoUD and participating states and cities.

This Component catalyzes high profile demonstration projects in selected cities that will create models of sustainable transport solutions for other Indian cities to replicate. The projects being taken up under SUTP focus on four themes:

  • Public transport development;
  • Non-motorized transport development;
  • Pilot Intelligent Transport System (ITS); and
  • Integrated land use, transport planning and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

Selection of SUTP Cities

The SUTP project was initiated in June 2007 by Government of India (GoI) with support of Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project preparation stage extended from October 2007 to end of 2009. During this stage four Project Information Documents (PIDs) defining the planned activities for the project were prepared. In addition, Terms of Reference for procuring consultants for the capacity building activities were also prepared.

Selection of candidate demonstration cities was carried out using a two-stage approach. For the preliminary selection five set of criteria were used, namely, a) Organization and Management of Implementing Agency; b) Financial Priority given to Public Transport in the City; c) Public Transport related policies, laws & regulations in the city; d) Planning & Design; and e) Significance of Candidate Project(s).

To allow diversification in the selection process, following additional criteria were also used

  • Regional Distribution
  • City/Population Size
  • Significance of Demonstration Effect
  • Commitment of City Authority

For the second stage of selection process all the short-listed cities were invited to submit a revised brief outline about the demonstration project and a final list was evolved after analyzing their revised proposals according to two sets of criteria, namely.

  • One set were factors related to the probability of successful implementation of the project;
  • The second set of factors related to the demonstration and GHG emissions value of the proposal, if successfully implemented.

The project was setup in 2010 with Pune, Pimpri – Chinchwad, Indore and Naya Raipur as demonstration project cities. Pune has now opted out from GEF demonstration project since the project component proposed did not meet the approval of the Municipal Corporation. The Steering Committee in its meeting of March 9, 2011, took the decision to cancel the funds to Pune and close its participation in SUTP in the absence of any progress since negotiations.

The SUTP incorporates ‘moving train’ concept, which allows more cities to join the project at a later stage.

As agreed during the steering committee meeting, the cancelled funds from Pune Project are proposed to be allocated to the new candidate city Hubli-Dharwad which proposes to implement a BRTS project

Project Restructuring for cancellation of funds assigned to Pune Project and reallocation to Hubli-Dharwad and extension of Project Closing to November 30, 2015, etc. has been concluded with the World Bank’s and legal amendments have been transmitted to the DEA and the cities for their counter signature. All states have counter signed the revised project agreement.

Table: Current Demonstration Cities

City Loan or Grant Project  
Mysore Grant ITS on City buses Covers 500 Buses, 105 Bus Stops, 45 Platforms and 6 Bus Terminals
Indore Grant ITS on BRTS Automatic Fare Collection System, Automatic Vehicle Location System
Pimpri-Chinchwad Grant & Loan BRTS 2 flyovers for 44 kms of BRTS for two BRTS corridors
Naya Raipur Grant & Loan BRTS, NMT Bus depot, shelters, BRTS stations, ITS on BRTS, 32 Km of cycle track & pedestrian walkways
Hubli Dharwad Grant & Loan BRTS, ITS, NMT 22 KM BRTS, Bus depot, shelters, BRTS stations, ITS on BRTS, NMT
Mysore (PBS) Grant PBS Public high end bike sharing scheme and operations & maintenance 550 bikes (530 normal and 20 geared), 52 docking stations and a central control centre

The Six Project Implementation Unit (PIUs) for each demonstration city are:

  • PCMC – Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,
  • NRDA – Naya Raipur Development Authority,
  • AICTSL – Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd,
  • KSRTC- Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
  • HDBRTSC- Hubli Dharwad BRTS Company Ltd
  • MCC – Mysore City Corporation

For the new addition of Mysore Public Bike Sharing project Mysore City Corporation (MCC) is finalised as PIU.

Naya Raipur

Implementation of BRTS

Naya Raipur Implementation of BRTS The project includes a BRT System as well as Non-Motorised Transport (Cycle tracks and pedestrian walkways) network for approximately 32km covering major arterial routes of the city. GEF supports the physical investments for the initial BRT corridors and for bikeways in Naya Raipur, technical assistance for a Transit Oriented Development study, Project Management Consultancy for ITS, Monitoring and evaluation and Regional Mobility Plan. Three BRT corridors planned are:

Three BRT corridors planned are:

  • Corridor 1: Naipur Railway Station – NH6 – Capitol Complex in Naya Raipur (24.7 km)
  • Corridor 2: Kabir Nagar (Raipur) – NH43 – Capitol Complex in Naya Raipur (37.5 km)
  • Corridor 3: On the main east-west axis of Naya Raipur, between NH43 and NH6 (17.8 km).

1. Technical Consultant for Preparation of Detailed Project Report for development of cycle tracks and pedestrian walkways and Bid document of Contractor and Project Management Consultant
2. Project Management Consultancy for supervision & Quality monitoring of
(i) Development of cycle track and pedestrian walkways.
(ii) development of Bus Terminal, Bus Depot and Bus shelters"
3. Preparation of Social impact Assessment Report specific for BRTS.
4. Appointment of a Transport Planner.
5. Design Consultant for Designing, Preparing Bid document &Finalising the contract and bid process management for setting up Bus Terminal, Bus Depot, and Bus Shelter & Ancillary Facility.
6. Study of TOD.
7. Monitoring & Evaluation of the BRTS Project.
8. Project Management Consultant for ITS.
9. Preparation of Regional Mobility Plan for Naya Raipur.
10. Chief Project Manager.
11. Consultant for preparation of Service Plan for Transport service between Raipur to Naya Raipur and within Raipur.
Goods & Works
12. Development of Cycle Track and Pedestrian Walk ways.
13. Development of Bus Depot, Bus Terminal & Bus Shelter.
14. Development of ITS & Security Control System

> Link on http://www.nayaraipur.com/


ITS for BRTS Enhancement in Indore

The demonstration project supports the usage of public transport and the BRTS. ITS project are envisaged under GEF SUTP, namely Automatic Fare Collection System and CAD/AVL. The project when fully implemented will help in improving efficiency, safety, cost effectiveness and reliability of public transport, providing incentive to shift from use of private vehicles to BRTS.

1. BRT station & Traffic Intersections design
2. AICTSL Business plan and Route rationalization
3. BRT Accessibility Plan.
4. Appointment of a Transport Planner.
5. Appointment of ITS Expert
6. Post BRT M&E along with User satisfaction survey
7. Project Management Consultant for ITS Solutions, including M & E
Goods & Works
8. ITS Implementation for Indore BRTS

> Link on http://www.citybusindore.com/


The demonstration project supports sustainable urban transportation in Mysore. Technical assistance studies include an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to improve bus operations and provide the commuters with ‘on line’ information. The project when implemented will help in improving efficiency, safety, cost effectiveness and reliability of public transport, providing incentive to shift from use of private vehicles to public transport.

Intelligent Transport System (ITS)

The demonstration project supports sustainable urban transportation in Mysore. Intelligent Transport System (ITS) was implemented and launched in November 2012, and has following sub components:

  • Passenger Information System (PIS)
  • GPS based Automatic Vehicle location (AVL) System
  • Monitoring centre to track and monitor bus movement through GPRS based devices

The broad objectives for commissioning the Mysore ITS Project were:

  • Improve ridership
  • Provide better fleet management
  • Enhance operational efficiency

The overall scope of the ITS implementation consists of design, development, testing, installation, commissioning, training, operations, and management of facilities for a period of three years. This project is planned to cover 500 Buses, 105 Bus Stops, 45 Platforms and 6 Bus Terminals having the components of Vehicle Tracking System, Central Control Station, Passenger Information Management System, Communication Sub System, Travel Demand Management, Incident and Emergency Management System, Operational and Maintenance Specification and Fleet Management System. ITS will cover core systems such as Vehicle Tracking System, Real Time Passenger Information System and Central Control Station. Core technologies include Global Positioning System (GPS), Electronic Display Systems, and Information & Communication Technologies. With the success of this project, many others are likely to follow the path of KSRTC.

Technical assistance studies include PMC for Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Monitoring & evaluation of ITS and Comprehensive Services and Operational Analysis.

1. Project Management Consultants for ITS Mysore
2. Monitoring an Evaluation of ITS
3. Comprehensive Bus Operations and Service Plan for Mysore.
4. Promotion and Outreach Program (POP) for ITS
Goods & Works
5. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Mysore
6. Driver training simulator

> Link on http://www.ksrtc.in/site/sutp-its

> Link on http://mitra.ksrtc.in/MysoreMBus/index_e.jsp


BRTS Enhancement in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pimpri Chinchwad BRTS project encompasses four corridors being implemented in first phase. The 47.4 kM network consists of the following:

  • Corridor 1: Old NH-4 (Mumbai-Pune road) – 14.6 kM,
  • Corridor 2: Aundh-Rawet road – 14.4 kM,
  • Corridor 3: Nashik Phata to Wakad road – 8 kM,
  • Corridor 4: Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi road – 10.4 kM,

The first two corridors were sanctioned under JnNURM and road construction has been completed. Two new road-cum-BRT corridors, viz. Corridor 3kM and Corridor 4 were sanctioned subsequently and included for financing under the SUTP project. PCMC had applied for both loan & grant.

There are two loan components. Design and Construction of Flyover with Road Over Bridge at Nashik Phata (Nashik Phataflyover) and Design and construction of Bridge across Pawna River, Flyover with Approaches & Ramps on KalewadiPhata to DehuAlandi Road and a Rail Over Bridge (Empire estate flyover).

Technical assistance and capacity building include Monitoring & Evaluation, Access plan for BRTS, Parking Policy &Master Plan and a Promotion & Outreach Plan for BRTS (POP). Work on all these 4 technical Assistance activities is ongoing.

1. Consultancy for access plan to Pimpri Bus rapid transit system by pedestrians and NMT modes.
2. Consultancy for Parking Policy and Parking Management in PCMC Area.
3. Consultancy for Promotion & Outreach program for BRTS & NMT in PCMC Area.
4. Consultancy for Monitoring & Evaluation for BRTS in PCMC Area.
5. Selection of agency for Fare System Study for PMPML
6. Appointing Driver Training Consultant
7. Nasik Phata to Wakad BRTS Corridor Design and Construction of Flyover and ROB at NashikPhata on Old Mumbai Pune NH-4 Including Bridge on River Pawana
8. "Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS Corridor Design and construction of Bridge on Pawana River, Flyover and ROB with Approaches & Ramps on KalewadiPhata to DehuAlandi Road"

> Link on http://www.pcmcindia.gov.in/sutp/#sthash.lak3Y7CQ.dpuf/


Implementation of BRTS.

The demonstration project aims at providing improved sustainable and high frequency bus services between the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad. The proposal includes implementation of a 22.3 km BRTS, consisting of the 11.8 km long corridor between Hubli and Dharwad and extensions into the central districts of the two cities. Proposed project components include:

  • Segregated central bus lanes with median bus stops.
  • Trunk and feeder services; off-board fare collection system, with integrated ticketing of trunk and feeder services.
  • The trunk fleet will initially consist of 110 standard (12m) and 30 articulated buses, with a floor height of 900 mm above ground level.
  • Level boarding and alighting.
  • ITS for BRTS and ATCS for traffic management along the corridor.
  • Comprehensive development of the city transport infrastructure including depots, workshops, terminals both for BRT and feeder buses; ITS for BRT and traffic management; and last-mile connectivity.
  • Interchange facilities between the BRT and suburban & city services.

1. Consultancy for M & E for BRTS (Social safeguards)
2. Consultancy for Communication and Outreach
3. Project Management Consultants for BRTS
4. Project Management Consultancy for ITS
5. Consultancy Services for Preparation of City Plan for Hubli-Dharwad
6. Consultancy Services for Conducting Environmental Audit
7. Consultancy services for development of landscape plan for Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Project
8. Hiring Strategic Adviser for Prepartion of City Plan for Hubli-Dharwad (Stage-I)
Goods & Works
9. Trunk Corridor Hubli-City (Package 1) Construction of BRTS Bus Station and Pedestrian infrastructure between Hosur to Railway station in Hubali
10. Foot over Bridges (Package 3a) Construction of FOOT OVER BRIDGES from Rani Channamma Circle to NavanagaralongHubballi-Dharwad Road
11. Foot over Bridges (Package 3b) Construction of FOOT OVER BRIDGES from Navanagar to Court Circle along Hubballi-Dharwad Road
12. Pedestrian infrastructure (Package 4) Construction of drain, footpaths, street furniture and improvement of roads connecting to BRTS corridor to encourage the public transport and usage of cycles
13. BRT Bus Stations between Hosur Circle, Hublito Rayapur lake Dharwad (13 Nos.) (Package 5)
14. BRTS Bus Shelters between Rayapur lake to Bagalkot Petrol Pump Dharwad (11 Nos.) (Package 6)
15. MitraSamaj Terminal (Package 7)
16. BRT Depots Hubli& Dharwad & Divisional Workshop in Hubli (Package 8)
17. Bus Terminal at Old City Bus Station (OCBS) in Dharwad (Package 9)
18. Depot & Regional terminal at Hosur road (Package 10)
19. ITS / ATCS (Package 11)
20. Plant and machinery and installation

> Link on http://www.hdbrts.co.in/

Mysore PBS

Implementation of Public Bike Sharing

The project entails setting up a public high end bike sharing scheme within Mysore and its operations & maintenance. PBS Project was approved by the cabinet on 17 April, 2015. Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is the implementing agency for this activity with a committee for managing the overall administration of the project. Contract for implementation of PBS awarded to Green Wheel Ride on 4th Jan 2016.

The total project cost and operating cost is Rs.20.52 crore for six-year period. A corpus of Rs.3.0 crore has been created for supporting the operations and maintenance and transfer to a jointly held account of DULT and MCC. Also MCC has added an amount of Rs.2.0 crore to the corpus.The project includes:

  • 550 bikes (530 normal and 20 geared),
  • 52 docking stations and
  • Central Control Centre

Uniqueness of the Project

SUTP – Many Firsts in India

  • Multilateral Agencies in Transport Sector (World Bank and UNDP)
  • Multi-City UT Program
  • Moving Train Concept
  • Oversight Mechanism
  • Auditing System

Massive Capacity Building Effort in Urban Transport Sector

  • Training
  • Experience Sharing
  • Manual & Toolkit Development
  • Dissemination Program
  • Reforms Programs
  • Handholding pilot cities in implementing high impact sustainable projects


SUTP is in its seventh year of implementation. As a very significant contribution to the Capacity Building Initiative, 3622 participants have been trained by September 2016 under SUTP in various workshops and training programs on urban transport.All ten training modules that were required have been completed. As for tool-kits, 15 toolkits have been prepared and uploaded on SUTP & IUT website.

The implementation of one of the demo projects has been completed (Mysore), implementation ongoing in all 5 cities(Pimpri-Chinchwad Naya Raipur, Indore, Hubli-Dharwad).

In Pimpri ChinchwadBRTS Corridor 2 launched on 5 Sept 2015 and Corridor 3 on 28th November 2015.



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