Auto-rickshaws have been a landmark feature of Indian cities since their introduction in the late 1950s, becoming an indispensable aspect of urban mobility for millions of people. The auto-rickshaw sector could play a key role in shaping a sustainable urban transport ecosystem; it is, however, still an inefficient sector that neither answers appropriately to the changing dynamics of urban mobility in India, nor embeds a sustainable pattern of transportation.
The project aims at promoting sustainable lifestyles and poverty reduction while reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution in India. The project fosters the scaling up of a replicable and integrated model of sustainable auto-rickshaw transport, based on clean technologies in the Cities of Bangalore and Chennai.
The Way Forward
- Conducting a Behavioral Change Campaign (BCC) in order to promote the use of 4-stroke auto-rickshaws as a promising sustainability practice;
- Promoting the adoption of a Voluntary Code of Practice by business operators;
- Creating an integrated App-SMS service to support reorganisation of the auto-rickshaw sector to better fit consumers’ needs;
- Providing training and strengthening the auto-rickshaw drivers’ organisations by creating a Federative Structure;
- Developing commercial partnerships with advertisement companies to use auto-rickshaws as a marketing vehicle;
- Enhancing the drivers’ livelihood through increased income and health and safety, and better access to finance. The auto-rickshaw drivers may increase their income by 30% and the number of drivers that own their auto-rickshaw will increase by 70%;
- Working with policymakers to establish regulatory framework promoting the use and purchase of eco-friendly autorickshaws.
The Times of India | 5 February, 2020 - Bengaluru: Now, shared autos for last-mile connectivity at Indiranagar Metro Station
The Hindu | 7 February 2020 - Reinforcing the Rickshaw Men | How Namma Auto, A European Union-backed project is trying to make drivers adopt to sustainable practices
YourStory | 12 February 2020 - This EU-funded project is pushing auto drivers to switch to clean mobility in Bengaluru
Red FM | 7 February 2020 - Ms. Manju Menon, Project Lead, Namma Auto Project is on air- Talks about the Shared Auto Services
Red FM | 7 February 2020 - Listener Sailesh has started using the Shared Auto Services from Indiranagar to EGL- He is saving Rs.2500 per month
Red FM | 7 February 2020 - Morning No. 1 Producer Dhimoyee takes a Shared Auto Ride- Shares her experience
Red FM | 7 February 2020 - Shared Auto Services- Which city in India is the first to get Shared Auto System- Listener Amit wins goodies by Sleepwell
An article authored by Manju Menon, Project Manager , Namma Auto Project in the online Magazine, Sustainability Outlook, that focusses on promoting actions in the field of Sustainability