32 crore people take to public transport daily, 85% serviced by private sector, says BOCI
HYDERABAD, Aug 6 (The CONNECT) - The three-day 3rd edition of India's flagship conclave and exhibition for public transport Prawaas3.0 took off bringing together leading bus and car operators from across India in eight important segments such as Intercity, Intracity, School Bus, Employee Transport, Tour Operators, Tourists Cabs, Maxi Cabs and PPP-SPVs.
The event is being Organised by Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) along with Andhra Pradesh & Telangana State Bus Operators Association with the central theme being “Towards Safe, Smart, Sustainable Passenger Mobility”. The event is supported of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Ministry of Heavy Industries.
Prasanna Patwardhan, President, BOCI said, “Pandemic has disrupted lives of millions over the last couple of years. The transport sector has been brutally hit as well and lives of thousands of operators across India were impacted severely. We have been through a debilitating period and are still recovering from the havoc created by the lockdowns and pandemic.
He said public transport in India needs a major boost given the sheer number of people it transports. Public transport carries 32 crore passengers daily, far higher than any other means of transport in India. Of this, over 85% is serviced by private operators of BOCI.
Prawaas 3.0 features Exhibition, Conferences and Workshops, Awards Function, Round table discussions, CEO Leadership Talks and panel discussions featuring sector leaders from across the country. The Exhibition boasts of the largest showcase of passenger vehicles, after-market solutions, accessories, consumables, IT & ITS solutions, and allied products & services.
This edition of Prawaas has a strong focus on showcasing Electric Vehicles and sustainable mobility. The Conference will present new trends and explore new opportunities in the sector in new normal. The passenger mobility sector will also discuss current and recommended regulatory and policy framework to enable and empower the sector that truly moves India.
Jagdeo Singh Khalsa, Chairman, BOCI said, “Public transport in India needs urgent attention, given our vast country and large populace. There is a need for a greater collaboration between stakeholders both public and private to revamp the sector and bring it on par with the best globally. Our efforts with Prawaas is to create a platform that brings together all key stakeholders to revitalize the public transport in India.”
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North-eastern Region (DoNER), said, the initiative and Prawaas is a platform that will help the government introspect, ideate and formulate the roadmap for growth of public transport in the country.