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.
A reality check for India’s smart mobility ambitions
Niti Aayog is going all-out to modernise India’s transport sector. However, good optics and good intentions are a long way from good policy
As part of its plans for modernising India’s transport sector, Niti Aayog is betting big on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
In addition, it sees artificial intelligence and cashless payments as trump cards to help push their mobility revolution
While these make for good optics, implementing them may be difficult due to a variety of factors on ground
Can these obstacles be overcome? If not, what does it say about this approach to the transport sector?