13th Urban Mobility India(UMI) Conference 2020 | UPSC

13th Urban Mobility India(UMI) Conference 2020 | UPSC


Hardeep S. Puri to inaugurate 13th Urban Mobility India Conference 2020

      WHY IN NEWS:

Prof. Jan Gehl, renowned Danish Architect, Urbanist, Professor & founder of Modern Urban Planning to deliver key note address

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs


For PRELIMS go through aim , theme , significance and the symposium .

For MAINS make a list of latest technologies vs importance today . You can embed them easily in answer relevant to urban development and transport. Let us dive in !


The day-long Conference will be held on-line through Video Conference/Webinar.


13th Urban Mobility India(UMI) Conference 2020 | UPSC


  • The 13th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 9th November 2020.


The primary objective of the conference is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference. 

  • This will help them keep up-to-date with best urban transport practices.

THEME 2020

Conference theme 2020 is – “Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility”.


  • The focus is on innovative measures taken at national and international level to address the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic .

The theme 2020 signifies accessible and convenient transport to the people.


  • The annual Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo is a flagship event held under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI.
  • The event is inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

The genesis of UMI is from the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP).

  • NUTP 2006 lays a very strong emphasis on building capabilities at the State and city level to address the problems associated with urban transport.
  • It undertake the task of developing sustainable urban transport systems.

The event essentially has four components as below:

  1. Conference
  2. Exhibition
  3. ResearchSymposium
  4. Awards for Excellence in Urban Transport


  • The conference provides an opportunity for key decision makers.
  • It is a platform for delegates to interact with other professionals, experts, academia, industry, civil society, technology, services providers and other stake holders in Urban Transport .

Both domestic and international delegates can carry home ideas to develop their urban transport along a sustainable path.

  • It is also a forum to discuss key issues relevant to the sector and suggest measures to address them.


  • The expo is a special feature of UMI to disseminate and showcase the latest developments in urban transport technology and systems.

It showcases implementation of best transport projects, propagation of innovative ideas and good urban transport initiatives.

  • The best two exhibitors are selected by a jury for award.

13th Urban Mobility India(UMI) Conference 2020 | UPSC


  • As part of the conference a research symposium is also held.
  • However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Symposium shall be held as a separate event in January/ February 2021.

The symposium is a platform to highlight the current research carried out by the academic and research institutes in urban transport.

  • This will  especially co-ordinated with the young researchers belonging to various academic institutes and research institutes all over India.
  • The Research Symposium is being coordinated by Transport Planning Department, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.


  • Encourage young researchers working in various facets of urban transport to present their research work and provide them an opportunity for networking.

Enhance capacity building of young researchers in the field of urban transport.

  • Contribute towards building up of research data base, its dissemination and identification of research thrust in the country.


As part of the research symposium the technical thematic sessions are proposed to be held on 31st October and 1st November 2020 are:

  1. Addressing equities in Transportation Systems.
  2. Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Mobility
  3. Mobility during Pandemic
  4. Planning and Design for Vulnerable Road Users.
  5. Public Transport systems and Infrastructure
  6. Road Safety/ Safe Mobility
  7. Transport Data Analytics
  8. Travel Behaviour and Demand Modelling


Awards are also presented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to best urban transport projects / initiatives . 

These are selected by an Award Selection Committee in the following six categories:

  • Best Non-motorized project
  • Best city bus service project
  • Best urban Mass transit project
  • Best intelligent transport system
  • Best initiative on improved road safety
  • Best city in urban transport initiative


  • The 12th Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference was held from 15th to 17th November, 2019 .

The theme of the conference was “Accessible and Liveable Cities”.

  • The Institute of Urban Transport (India) provided the technical and logistics support in organizing the conference.
  • More than 1,000 delegates from 30 States and Union Territories across India attended the Conference.


  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India issued the National Urban Transport Policy, 2006 (NUTP).
  • The objective of the policy is to ensure safe and sustainable access for the growing number of city residents to jobs, education, recreation and such other needs within our cities.
  • The Ministry has taken the initiative to organize an annual international Conference-cum-Exhibition on Urban Mobility India popularly known as UMI.

The primary objective of the conference is to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference.

  • It will also help them to keep up-to-date with latest and best urban transport practices globally.
  • The event brings together national and international experts, technology and service providers, policy makers, practitioners and officials from the urban transport sector under one roof.


  • INSTITUTE OF URBAN TRANSPORT (INDIA) was established in May, 1997 .

It was established as a premier professional non-profit making organization and registered under the Societies Registration Act.

  • The members of the Institute comprises of Academicians, Architects, Economists, Engineers, Transport Planners, Town Planners and professionals from various disciplines.
  • The Institute has at present 67 institutional members and 1600 individual members.
  • The Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, is the ex-officio President of the Institute .
  • Its Governing Council has members from various premier organisations connected with Urban Transport.

The main activities of IUT are clubbed into 5 heads as follows:

  • Technical Support
  • Policy, Research & Projects
  • Training and capacity building
  • Publication
  • Information and Library

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Urbanization in India is a reality of the 21st century, which has culminated in the development of India as one of the fastest growing major economy in the world.
  • The transport sector is an important component of the urban economy.

With rapidly increasing mobility, needs and availability of technology, there is expected shift from vehicle ownership to vehicle sharing and public transport.

  • Higher emphasis is on multimodal seamless connectivity and clean mobility.
  • These emerging trends are likely to bring a paradigm shift in the expectations of the commuters and our cities need to adapt to the rapidly changing mobility needs.
     SOURCES:  PIB | 13th Urban Mobility India(UMI) Conference 2020 | UPSC



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