Busworld Academy and IRU organised a two day seminar at Busworld India 2015 together with several partners such as: EBTC, UN-Habitat and Embarque. They welcomed 18 speakers in total, coming from Spain, Sweden, Belgium, India, Poland, Bulgaria, and the UK.
All stakeholders concluded that a yearly seminar of the Busworld Academy, bringing together national and international bus and coach manufacturers, bus and coach and operators, knowledge centres and authorities, could bring a significant contribution to catalyse evolutions in passenger transport and coach tourism in India. This request has been well understood by the organizers who are investigating the possibilities to do so.
The overal theme was : “Increasing mobility via a cleaner, safer and more effective bus and coach service, in the footsteps of Prime Minister Modi”.
On the first day, 28 April 2015, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) took the lead. IRU president Janusz Lacny introduced the seminar. Speakers from UN-Habitat, Embarq, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions and IRU spoke about mobility, BRT and the role of private operators in the future of passenger transport by bus and coach.
Together they concluded that there is a serious need to organise an IRU High Level Debate in India. High Level Debates are organised around the world by the IRU, but not yet in India.
On the second day, 29 April 2015, Busworld Academy took the lead. The introduction to the seminar was done by Busworld Academy Director Jan Deman. It was based on an article published by CSE in India : “1 Million buses for India”. During the seminar, Mrs Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India argumented this vision and called the Government to stimulate passenger transport by bus and coach via logistical and fiscal measurements and directives.
ARAI, represented by Mr A.A. Badusha, deputy director and head of the Vehicle Evaluation laboratory and the Homologation Management and Regulations Group, in the capacity of Deputy, stated that in order to fulfil the need, bus production in India needs to rise from 54.000 vehicles per year to 150.000 vehicles/year. Via de Bus-Body Code, which came into application on April 1st 2015, the safety measurements are increased.
Mr Dibyendu Sengupta, director for EBTC in New Delhi, the stipulated that multiplying the contacts between European and Indian institutions and companies, can enhance the introduction of more sustainable powertrains and contribute in solving power supply problems. All these matters were illustrated by Mr Sergio Balaguer, representative from the city of Madrid, who explained very clearly how Madrid introduced electro-mobility and biogas driven buses in the city.
All the other speakers contributed in sharing their knowledge on the use of fire retarders, fire safety matters in vehicles with alternative powertrains, the world bus market and it comparison to the Indian bus market today and in the coming years.