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Consultation on Sustainable Transport

Bangalore: 25-10-2018

Brief Summary

Namma Auto project fosters the scaling up of a replicable and integrated model of sustainable auto-rickshaw transport, based on clean technologies, which will efficiently induce passengers' and operators' (auto-rickshaw drivers and service providers) to shift and adopt SCP practices related to mobility. For this project to make a positive impact, there is a need for collective business action. A step in this direction is to promote consultation and engagement with Automotive manufacturers (Marketing, Operations, CSR, Supply Chain, etc.) and other relevant stakeholders.


The project funded and supported by the European Union under the Switch Asia programme aims at switching to a sustainable urban transport system in the cities of Bangalore (Karnataka) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).


Action plan envisaged

  • Create an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that automotive companies face enhancing sustainable transport
  • Collect inputs of stakeholders involved in this sector


Outcomes expected and timeline

  • Collecting diverse inputs for developing a Code of Conduct for Sustainable Intermediate transportation in India
  • Develop recommendations for scaling up Sustainable Transport in India


Participants in the Bangalore roundtable hosted by IIMB

Karthika Nair (Mahindra Electric)

Ravi Gadepalli (UITP)

Sunil Chandra Hota (Mahindra Finance)

Avinash Sharma (Sun Mobility)

Jagadeesh (IndusInd Bank)

Rajalakshmi (SAAHAS)

Mary Alvala (TERI)

Sugandha Pal (TERI)

Bhojaraju (Bajaj Auto)


Manoj Chakravarti, Vartika and Prabeetha represented IIMB

Manju Menon and Pratik Vig represented ACRA along with independent consultant Rishi Sher Singh


Key discussion points

  • Introducing electric vehicles will lead to better utilisation of energy
  • One of the biggest issues with auto drivers moving to electric vehicles is the cost of the vehicle battery and range anxiety while running the vehicle
  • The average age of 85% autos in a city is 7-8 years. The reason for overall emission impact is not the age of fleet but maintenance issues associated with the auto


The first roundtable co-hosted by the IIMB Centre for Public Policy and the IIMB Centre for Corporate Governance in Bangalore had a good mix of professionals from different domains and the discussion was based on the sustainability aspect of Intermediate Public Transport. The project expects to complete the set of 4 roundtable discussions by the end of January 2019 and will work on creating a code of conduct post the same.