Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD)

The Ministry of Urban Development & the Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation are the apex authority of Government of India at the national level to formulate policies, sponsor and support programme, coordinate the activities of various Central Ministries, State Governments and other nodal authorities and monitor the programmes concerning all the issues of urban development and housing in the country.

“The Ministry of Urban Development is headed by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister for Urban Development.

At the bureaucratic level, the Ministry of Urban Development is headed by Secretary (UD), Shri Shankar Aggarwal. Ministry also has one Addl. Secretary Sh. Durga Shanker Mishra. They are assisted by three Joint Secretaries and one Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the rank of Joint Secretary”.



Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 to provide funding to assist developing countries in meeting the objectives of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It now serves as a financial mechanism of UNFCCC by funding projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Further, there are three implementing agencies, which manage GEF projects on the ground - UNEP, UNDP and World Bank. GEF teamwork by these partners reinforces their individual efforts to mainstream or incorporate global environment concerns into all of their policies and programs.

The funding from GEF is channelled through implementing agencies and is provided through various “operational programmes (OPs)”. One of these OPs pertains to promotion of environmentally sustainable transport. It is one of the four programmes which pertain to climate change and is known by its sequential number as OP#11.

The specific objective of this OP is to reduce Green House Gases (GHG) emissions from ground transport sources by adopting low-GHG transport measures. It supports projects that promote a long-term shift towards low emission and sustainable forms of transportation. Eligible activities include: public rapid transit, which encompasses bus rapid transit, light rail transit, and trolley electric buses; transport- and traffic-demand management; non-motorized transport, and land-use planning.


World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. World Bank's mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 186 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

Each institution plays a different but collaborative role in advancing the vision of inclusive and sustainable globalization. The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses on the world's poorest countries.

Their work is complemented by that of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Together,they provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.

The World Bank, established in 1944, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It have more than 10,000 employees in more than 100 offices worldwide.



UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.


Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF)

The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes.

The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.

The Ministry also serves as the nodal agency in the country for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and for the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry is also entrusted with issues relating to multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of regional bodies like Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment.

The broad objectives of the Ministry are:

  • Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife
  • Prevention and control of pollution
  • Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas
  • Protection of the environment and
  • Ensuring the welfare of animals

These objectives are well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. Besides the legislative measures, the National Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement on Environment and Development, 1992; National Forest Policy, 1988; Policy Statement on Abatement of Pollution, 1992; and the National Environment Policy, 2006 also guide the Ministry's work.



Institute of Urban Transport (INDIA) (IUT)

The Institute has the objectives to:

  • Promote encourage and coordinate the state of the art of urban transport.
  • Organise lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. on subjects pertaining to urban transport.
  • Establish courses of instruction in the state of the art of urban transport in co-operation with Educational Institutions.
  • Publish and distribute newsletters, periodicals, journals, bulletins and literature on Urban Transport
  • Establish and maintain libraries and operate documentation centre to disseminate information on Urban Transport.

Currently the Institute is assisting the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India in the various Urban Transport projects undertaken in association with World Bank, DFID, GEF, UNDP and ADB for projects on Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport, Sustainable Urban Transport Project Consultancy for Project Preparation, Cleaner Mobility in Urban Areas and Integrated Urban Transport Strategy.

The NUTP has also identified the Institute of Urban Transport ( India ), an existing institute under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development as a premiere institute to undertake capacity building and research in Urban Transport Planning. Till date IUT has been involved in disseminating knowledge in development of a sustainable, energy efficient, environment friendly, planned, well managed and safe transportation system. IUT also has been established an Urban Transport Information Centre for collection, compilation and dissemination of data/statistics on various aspects of urban transport.

The Institute, with active support and guidance of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, has been actively involved in a variety of professional activities to promote and develop the state-of-the-art of Urban Transport in the country. In its endeavor to assist the Ministry as its Technical Arm, the Institute is rendering continuous administrative and secretarial assistance to the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Ministry of Urban Development for the various urban transport projects as World Bank – DFID Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport. World Bank – GEF UNDP assisted – Sustainable Urban Transport.



Mott MacDonald is a uniquely diverse management, engineering and development consultancy serving the public and private sectors worldwide. Mott MacDonald’s US$1.7 billion business spans 140 countries with 14,000 staff working in all sectors from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications.

Mott MacDonald’s activities in India are focussed primarily on the growing need for physical and social infrastructure and the creation of wealth and employment through manufacturing and the more efficient development of its resources. In all these markets, we address business and developmental issues as well as engineering. We aim to serve the broader needs of our clients to create successful and sustainable projects. We bring to the market an almost unique combination of management and engineering capability, both local and worldwide, delivered in India with the maximum use of Indian and international resources. Our wide range of customers include national and local governments, public and private utilities, industrial and commercial companies, investors, developers, banks and financial institutions, international as well as bilateral funding agencies and private entrepreneurs.

Our environment and infrastructure team with its multidisciplinary expertise has an established track record of providing comprehensive services in all stages of planning and implementation across the transportation sector. This covers highways, bridges, railways, ports, tunnels, airports, metros and integrated urban transport.

Our services cover pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, tender and contract procedures, financial and economic analysis, de-tailed project report, integrated transport planning, detailed engineering, construction supervision, traffic studies and transport impact studies covering social and environmental dimensions. We offer services for development of new infrastructure to maintaining, managing and improving existing infrastructure. We have been involved in projects financed by various national and international funding agencies, government and private sector as well public-private sector partnerships.

Mott MacDonald operates from eight main offices in India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi (Noida), Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. We also have project offices all over India.

We are project management consultants to the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for the implementation and management of the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) in India. We are extensively involved in:

  • Providing support in institutional strengthening of urban transport organizations that can act as nodal agencies for capacity enhancement through training and skill development
  • Supporting five to seven demonstration cities in implementing sustainable concepts. The support includes traffic engineering, bridge design, highway design, social safeguard aspects, environment safeguard aspects and procurement of goods and service
  • Giving technical inputs in sustainable concepts consisting of integrated land use development, transit oriented development, public transport, cycling and pedestrian implementation
  • Supporting Project Management Unit of the SUTP in developing technical requirements for training and skill development programs, urban transport needs analysis and manual and toolkit development
  • Promote and disseminate sustainable concepts across the nation
  • Support in procuring consultants through MoUD, World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) procurement procedures for the extensive activities planned as part of SUTP program
  • Technical assistance on urban transportation problems
  • Monitor progress of various project consultants assisting the urban transport capacity building exercise.



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