LCMP to be developed under UN programme

Low carbon mobility plan (LCMP) will be developed for the city under the UN Environment Programme to reduce carbon emissions and improve urban mass transport.

Visakhapatnam is one of the cities selected for the programme to be carried out during 2010-13. The other cities include Rajkot and Ludhiana.

The programme is being implemented by the UNEP's Transport Unit and UNEP Riso centre in cooperation with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, IIT, Delhi, and CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

According to senior economist with UNEP Riso centre Subhash Dhar, who participated in an inception meeting with Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation officials on Thursday, the low carbon emissions will be achieved by two interventions - by action plan at national level and designing the LCMP for the cities selected.

“By the end of 2012 a strategy will be prepared for the city,” Mr. Dhar told The Hindu . The strategy will comprise both infrastructure-related and non-infrastructure interventions and develop framework for reducing emissions. Thereafter, in another four months two project ideas will be developed. Pre-feasibility studies will be taken up and completed for the two projects.

The financial institutions can be approached for funding with the pre-feasibility studies, Mr. Dhar said. However, the LCMP does not have any particular target for reducing emissions.

The cities selected under the UNEP get a grant of $ 75,000 for carrying out studies using the methodologies developed. The cities component is being carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Urban Development and the national plan with the MoEF and other relevant ministries.

The methodology was explained by associate professor in Transportation, IIT-New Delhi, K Ramachandra. He compared the LCMP with comprehensive mobility plan (CMP).

Public transport

Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu stressed the need for improving public transport share in the city from the present 20 per cent to 50 to 60 per cent. Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao and JNNURM Directorate member R. V. Rama Rao and several experts participated.


  • By the end of 2012 a strategy will be prepared for the city, says expert

  • Cities selected under the UNEP get a grant of

    $ 75,000 for carrying out studies