This Asian country, which is the second most populous in the world, presents itself as one of the greatest powers of the XXI century. However, it will have to restructure its own transport system to achieve a leadership position against some the worlds greatest powers of which have innovative public systems with notable quality and self-sufficiency.

60% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of India is generated through urban areas. The country has officially more than 5,000 towns and cities, which include 7 large metropolitan areas, with a population of more than 4 million inhabitants; 28 medium-sized cities (between 1 and 4 million inhabitants) and 13 towns (between 0.8 and 1 million citizens).

Indian Trasnport Minister, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, and the Managing Director for UPSRTC, Shri. K Ravinder Nai, visiting Goal System's booth

Indian Trasnport Minister, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, and the Managing Director of KSRTC Mr. Rajender Kumar Kataria, IAS, visiting Goal Systems booth.

With the exception of the four large metropolitan areas (New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata), which do have a rail system, the rest of the areas have their public transport needs met through road transport. There are several and varied problems related to  public transport in the cities of India, these include:

  • Financial: non-profitable rates, excessively high taxes, operations in non-profitable but compulsory routes, etc.
  • Institutional: there are current laws, regulations and policies applicable in the national, provincial and metropolitan scale that are not coherent between them.
  • Security
  • Service quality, etc.

Within this context, buses still represent approximately t50% of  trips in  urban areas. These relevant market figures contribute to opening up significant opportunities for improvement in order to achieve efficient and sustainable systems.  GOAL Systems recognizes these market conditions, and is in a unique position to assist and problem solve with Transit leaders in India. Planning constitutes another weak point of this market. The poor quality of infrastructure, information systems, and limited services to  passengers and pedestrians, complicate trips for the captive user and make them less attractive for potential ones.

Lack of monitoring of bus service demands,  inaccessibility of stops, irregular intervals, and the lack of convenience and passenger security, have led to a rapid deterioration of transport services in Indian cities.

After a number of initiatives within the country such as the contacts established with relevant partners in the field, Goal Systems has become a benchmark for the most significant bus and train operators, and the company is constantly reinforcing its bet in India in part due  to its presence in outstanding events within the transport field, such as the International Conference & Exhibition on Public Transport Innovation and the Urban Mobility India, which will take place in New Delhi in November.

Rocio Ruiz

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