Odisha Government To Control Carbon Footprints Via LCM

Earlier this week, the Odisha government had declared their plan to introduce electric buses in a bid to curb air pollution in primarily three cities- Bhubaneswar Cuttack and Puri. To take the pollution control initiative a notch higher, the Smart City’s public transport system will soon have a Low Carbon Mobility (LCM) component.

The LCM component will be implemented in state government transportation system with assistance from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), a German agency. GIZ will provide technical guidance to the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) in implementation of the plan, which will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the public transport system. The plan will be ready for implementation by October this year.

In 2017, the state government had signed an MoU with GIZ to promote Non-Motorised Transport (NMT). NMT is any transport that does not require a motor to generate energy. Included in this term are walking, bicycling, and using animal-drawn or human-drawn carts.

Officials anticipate that once LCM is implemented, the conventional modes of transport would be phased out gradually. “The plan will outline sustainable modes of transport that can ensure clean and green energy. The transport model will be developed in such a way as to make people dependent on public transport rather than personal cars. E-rickshaws and electric buses will also be part of the LCM scheme,” said an officer of the BDA.

Odisha government implemented Public Bicycle-Sharing (PBS), a subdivision of NMT vision, stationing 2,000 bicycles at vantage points across the city to help the people achieve last-mile connectivity.

Statistically, the number of vehicles in Bhubaneswar increased almost three times from 2004 to 2014. The smart city has seen rapid growth usage of three-wheelers (auto-rickshaws). The plan now is to gradually eliminate auto-rickshaws as they contribute to 24% of the total trips in the city, far higher than the acceptable standard of 5% for a city of the size of Bhubaneswar.

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