Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences, JNU
Invites you to
Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India
Dr. Errampalli Madhu
Head, Transportation Planning Division, Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI)
Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Date: Friday, 1st December 2017
Abstract: Road Transport in India significantly contributes to economy of the country, however on the other side, country is losing these benefits from the ill-effects generated out of that namely congestion and road crashes. Further, the other impacts on environment and effects on human health will be added to this in the urban areas. India has vast road network with heterogeneous vehicular mix, wide variation in driver behavior and different socioeconomic group of road user population which make completely different from any other country. The solutions which are effective in other developed/ developing countries would not work if they are directly implemented. Keeping this in view, one has to critically examine local conditions in depth to arrive at solutions. Though the technologies and expertise available in India these days, there are lot of challenges that are faced by the authorities/ policy makers in improving the travel conditions in the urban areas especially. For instance, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has been implemented in many countries and reaping the benefits, however, India is still struggling to implement the same to improve traffic conditions. One of the main reasons for this is inability to collect accurate traffic data because of so many issues namely heterogeneity, driver discipline and other obstacles in implementation. The other important measure is designing and implementation of integrated public transportation systems which is highly essential in improving traffic conditions of our cities. In this paper, the traffic problems being faced by urban areas would be discussed in order to understand the present state of the problem. The challenges that exist which hinder in taking up different improvement measures by various authorities and policy makers to implement the solutions and the way forward would be discussed keeping the India road traffic situation.
About the Speaker: Dr. Errampalli Madhu is Principal Scientist and also Head, Transportation Planning Division in Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi and has an experience of about 19 years in R&D and Consultancy activities in the field of Transport planning, Traffic flow modeling and Microscopic simulation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Road safety audit, Soft-computing techniques application in transport modeling such as fuzzy logic, neural network etc. He is a recipient of Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbugakusho) for 2004 - 2008 and completed PhD during this period at Gifu University, Japan. He has received Bronze Medal Award for two times from Indian Roads Congress (IRC) for his publications in the year 2004 and 2011. As part of his PhD thesis, he had developed a Fuzzy logic based microscopic traffic simulator (FLoMiTSiM) which simulates vehicles as well as commuters at urban road network level and devised a mechanism to evaluate various transport policies. He has also received Best Article Award by ASRTU in 2009 for his publication in Indian Journal of Traffic Management and also Session Best Presentation Award in SCIS & ISIS 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan. He has also received CIDC Viswakarma Award for the category of Scientist in the year March 2016. He was associated in national importance projects namely Road User Cost Studies (RUCS), Urban Road Traffic and Air Pollution (URTRAP) for 8 Major Metropolitan Cities etc. He is a Champion (Project Leader) for the 12th Five Year Plan Network Project (2012-17) titled "Development and Application of Technologies for Sustainable Transportation (SUSTRANS)". This project has received SKOCH Order of Merit Award in December 2015 and "Excellent" grade by SMC of CSIR. He has published 1 book, chapters/ articles in 3 books and about 122 research papers in various SCI and refereed journals and also in conference proceedings both national and international with 204 citations (Google Scholar) and total SCI impact factor of 6.113.
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