Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), artificial intelligence, and hackathons. In its attempts to push its Digital India initiative in the transport sector, the Indian government is seemingly taking tech buzzwords and hurling them at India’s mobility issues in the hopes that something will stick.

The need for this intervention is vital. As the roads of India’s urban centres grow increasingly more congested, an intelligent overhaul of India’s public transport system is required to keep the country moving. According to a report from the Boston Consulting Group, the economic cost of congestion is as high as Rs 1,50,000 crore ($21.44 billion) per year for four of India’s major cities—Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

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Srinivas Kodali

Srinivas Kodali is an interdisciplinary researcher working on cities, data and internet. He was previously a project associate at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory at IIT Madras.

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