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Lucknow currently houses a population of almost 2.5 million in an area of around 162.7 sq km. It is the political and administrative capital of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India and has always been a major trading city of the north. The growth of Lucknow in recent years has resulted in huge demand for transport. Transport infrastructure, however, has not grown correspondingly and is therefore highly inadequate leading to a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles.


Jaipur is the political and economical capital of Rajasthan. The city currently houses a population of around 3.9 million in an area spanning 200 sq. km. It is historically the first planned city of the country built in a period of 4 years from 1727 to 1731 AD. Today, Jaipur is the center for education and employment opportunities in the state as well as a vibrant tourist destination. The improving socio-economic status, easy availability of vehicles, increase in population and lack of good public transport is resulting in steep growth of vehicles.

Policy action

Lucknow is among the most polluted cities in the country. Lack of transport infrastructure and growing number of vehicles further exacerbates the problem. First generation action saw introduction of CNG, construction of flyovers and upgradation of the city bus services. Policy decisions and action so far in the city Action on vehicles: The city has introduced Bharat Stage Euro IV norms for vehicles in 2010 CNG programme for autos, buses and other vehicles have been established


Change is possible in our cities.  Public action has made this possible. Unhealthy air pollution spikes are lower in cities in the lead. They have saved lives.  There are amazing stories. People have acted and created a 'space' to make the change real…  The challenge is complex. Deadly mix of pollution, congestion, energy guzzling makes solutions more difficult. But cities are innovating, experimenting, pushing. They are finding ways to solve their unique problems with deeper insight within; shared vision and lessons from other cities. Learn and share, know and grow, act and push….

Policy action

Policy is quintessential for action implementation. It is the government’s tool to ensure enforcement. To see what different cities are doing scroll down..

Work Overview

Making policies and taking action is a positive step but it also needs to have tangible results. Initiatives taken in cities need to be evaluated on a common basis. Regular assessment of action not only helps to improve performance but also motivates to continue one’s efforts. Rapid City Assessment evaluates cities on the basis of their action implementation and consequent improvements in urban air quality and mobility with local inputs from our voluntary City Evaluator Network.  


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Promotes Non motorized transport

Centre for Rural Development Centre for Rural Development (CRD) is an NGO working in the developmental sector especially to empower rural people, urban poor and marginalized population.

Policy action

Guwahati has taken lead in introducing JnNURM buses in the north east and the bus system is experiencing growth in ridership. The current master plan is based on integrated transport-land use planning and aims to improve mobility. This plan is based on traffic and transportation studies.