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UITP has a strong presence in India and connects stakeholders in that region to create a knowledge and expertise exchange within the public transport sector.
The India Urban Rail Seminar is an annual event, and its fourth edition is coming up between 23-26 February 2021, as an online happening.
Supported by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, this seminar will give insight into various topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on the Urban Rail sector and the road to recovery, innovation, artificial intelligence in the urban rail sector, and much more.
COVID-19 has affected Indian public transportation in multiple ways- fall in ridership, additional costs of operations and labour shortages. However, as the country has resumed economic activities, public transport especially mass rapid transport remains the pillar of strength for sustainable mobility and is indispensable for economic revival and growth of the country. Hosting the UITP India Urban Rail Seminar gives an opportunity to learn from international best practices and share homegrown innovations with the world.
Urban rail and metros are considered by many as the heart of mass public transport, interconnecting cities’ neighbourhoods and centres. Urban rail is comfortable and quick and provides an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly way to transport large crowds. It constitutes a key element of many public transport systems.
In India, metro rail is becoming more and more prominent all over the nation. As of this year the country has 760+ km of operational metros, 570+ under construction. Furthermore, Delhi Metro, the pioneer of automated metros in India, celebrated opening a fully automated Magenta Line in December 2020.
Previous editions of this event attracted international speakers as well as a local and global audience. The automation of metro and rail, smart mobility, innovation, digitalisation, and the future of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) were just several of the topics discussed during the India Urban Rail Seminar in 2019. The event brought insightful presentations and discussions between various metro operators in India, ministries involved in the Urban Rail landscape as well as other major industry players.
The upcoming, fourth edition of the India Urban Rail Seminar offers a promising programme with numerous technical sessions as well as a plenary session. The themes tackled this year will largely be related to dealing with crisis and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the urban rail sphere. Key national and international speakers will share their knowledge and experiences of the pandemic but more than that, the lessons which can be taken from these unprecedented times will be discussed.
Learn more about UITP’s metro activities here!