Avail­abil­ity of pub­lic trans­port is the best in Jammu: Ola Mo­bil­ity In­sti­tute's Ease of Mov­ing In­dex

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In an ef­fort to lay the ground­work for build­ing a sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity ecosys­tem, Ola Mo­bil­ity In­sti­tute, the re­search and outreach arm of Ola, one of the world's largest ride­hail­ing plat­forms, to­day re­leased In­dia's first Ease of Mov­ing In­dex 2018. Find­ings from the re­port re­veal that Jammu ranks high­est re­ported pub­lic trans­port cov­er­age. The re­port seeks to of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive ac­tion plan for cities to fur­ther strengthen their pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tems and im­prove the over­all state of mo­bil­ity.

The re­port was re­leased by Shri Nitin Gad­kari, Hon'ble Union Min­is­ter, Road Trans­port & High­ways, Ship­ping and Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, in the pres­ence of Bhav­ish Ag­gar­wal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola, amongst other key dig­ni­taries.

With mo­bil­ity needs be­ing city-spe­cific, the re­port sur­veys over 43,000 re­spon­dents from 20 cities span­ning across the length and breadth of the coun­try. These cities were se­lected on five pa­ram­e­ters - Scale, Char­ac­ter, Cul­ture, Econ­omy and Ge­og­ra­phy. Con­sid­er­ing 50+ pa­ram­e­ters that have been seg­mented into Peo­ple, In­fra­struc­ture and Sus­tain­abil­ity as the pil­lars of eval­u­a­tion, the re­port as­sesses the ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ef­fi­ciency and safety of cur­rent trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. With sus­tain­abil­ity be­ing the need of the hour, the in­dex of­fers a roadmap which will aid tran­sit agen­cies and ur­ban plan­ners to make in­formed de­ci­sions and align so­lu­tions with the pref­er­ences of com­muters.

The re­port also re­veals some other in­ter­est­ing in­sights about the mo­bil­ity sce­nario in Jammu which in­clude: Jammu ranks sec­ond high­est in pro­vid­ing over­all sat­is­fac­tion in us­ing pub­lic trans­port. Half of the city's pop­u­la­tion pre­fer pub­lic trans­port, Non-mo­torised Trans­port (NMT) and In­ter­me­di­ate Pub­lic Trans­port (IPT). 71% women use pub­lic trans­port. 81% of the peo­ple find pub­lic tran­sit af­ford­able, 96% do not wait for more than 15 min­utes for buses to ar­rive at the stops in the city. Al­most 100% of peo­ple in Jammu con­sider that it is es­sen­tial for their ve­hi­cles to be en­vi­ron­ment-friendly Speak­ing at the launch event, Shri Nitin Gad­kari, Hon'ble Union Min­is­ter, Road Trans­port & High­ways, Ship­ping and Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment & Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion said, "The ease of mov­ing in­dex is a com­mend­able ef­fort to as­sess the state of mo­bil­ity for cities. This re­port has im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion that can help pub­lic stake­hold­ers, city ad­min­is­tra­tors and city plan­ners in mak­ing smarter de­ci­sions to ad­dress pol­lu­tion, con­ges­tion, and safety, and in build­ing dy­namic so­lu­tions to im­prove mo­bil­ity for cit­i­zens at large."

Bhav­ish Ag­gar­wal, Co­founder & CEO, Ola said, "The rev­o­lu­tion in mo­bil­ity is just be­gin­ning and we be­lieve the emer­gence of a mo­bil­ity econ­omy can be a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment for the na­tion. The 'Ease of Mov­ing In­dex' helps us be­gin to as­sess the im­por­tance of Mo­bil­ity for cities and cit­i­zens. The Ola Mo­bil­ity In­sti­tute will work on projects to help mo­bil­ity con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and we wel­come col­lab­o­ra­tion to strengthen the "Ease of Mov­ing In­dex" as an an­nual bench­mark for im­proved mo­bil­ity."

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