Achieving sustainable urban transport has become a primary objective with the adoption of National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) by the Government of India (GoI). Efforts to reduce or contain environmental risks form an important component of this objective. To foster a long-term partnership between GoI and state/local governments in the implementation of a greener environment under the ambit of the NUTP, GoI has initiated the Sustainable Urban Transport Project with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The total GEF grant proposed for the project is US$ 25 million, which will be complemented with a grant of US$ 170 million from GOI, State Governments, and Implementing Agencies (IA) along with US$ 105 million co-financing from the World Bank. The project is to be implemented over a four-year period starting from 2010. Primary Stakeholders in this program are Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), UNDP and World Bank. MoUD is the nodal agency for this program implementation.
Integrated and comprehensive institutional and capacity development programs needs to be developed and implemented at the national, state and local government levels. These are necessary to build sufficient institutional and human capacity to successfully address already severe and rapidly growing urban transport challenges. With this in mind, the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) was developed. The two main objectives of SUTP are:
Strengthening capacity of GOI, Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), and participating states and cities in planning, financing, implementing, operating and managing sustainable urban transport systems
Assisting states and cities in preparing and implementing demonstration "Green Transport" projects
SUTP is initiated by GoI with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Bank and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is the nodal agency for the project
The implementation of SUTP is planned over the next four years. The total cost of the project is 1427.97 crores