Mobility Is A Key Driver Of The Economy, Says PM Modi Inaugurating Global Mobility Summit

| September 7 , 2018 , 14:57 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Global Mobility Summit 'MOVE' in New Delhi, which aims to bring together stakeholders from the sectors of mobility and transportation to co-create a public interest framework to revolutionize transport.

The Global Mobility Summit also aims to set the base for a transport system which is safe, clean, shared and connected, affordable, accessible and inclusive.

While inaugurating the Global Mobility Summit, PM Modi emphasised that mobility is a key driver of the economy.

"India is on the MOVE: Our economy is on the MOVE. We are the world’s fastest growing major economy Our cities and towns are on the MOVE. We are building 100 smart cities Our infrastructure is on the MOVE. We are speedily building roads, airports, rail lines and ports," said PM Modi.

"Our goods are on the MOVE. GST has helped us rationalize supply chains and warehouse networks. Our reforms are on the MOVE. We have made India an easier place to do business. Our lives are on the MOVE. Families are getting homes, toilets, LPG cylinders, bank accounts and loans," he said.

"Our youth are on the MOVE. We are fast emerging as the start-up hub of the world. India is MOVING ahead with new energy, urgency and purpose," said the PM.

"Mobility is a key driver of the economy. Better mobility reduces the burden of travel and transportation, and can boost economic growth. It is already a major employer and can create the next generation of jobs," he said.

"We have doubled our pace of construction of highways. We have re-energized our rural road building programme. We are promoting fuel efficient and cleaner fuel vehicles. We have developed low-cost air connectivity in under-served regions," PM Modi said.

"My vision for the future of mobility in India is based on 7 C’s:  Common, Connected, Convenient, Congestion-free, Charged, Clean, Cutting-edge," he said.

"Common Public Transport must be the cornerstone of our mobility initiatives. New business models driven by digitization, are reinventing the existing paradigm. Our focus must also go beyond cars, to other vehicles such as scooters and rickshaws," PM Modi said.

"Connected mobility implies integration of geographies as well as modes of transport. The Internet-enabled Connected Sharing Economy is emerging as the fulcrum of mobility. We must leverage the full potential for vehicle pooling to improve private vehicle utilization," he added.

"Convenient mobility means safe, affordable and accessible for all sections of the society. This includes the elderly, the women and the specially abled. We need to ensure that public transport is preferred to private modes of travel," said PM Modi.

"Congestion free mobility is critical to check the economic and environmental costs of congestion. Hence, there should be emphasis on de-bottlenecking of networks. This would result in fewer traffic jams and lower levels of stress for commuters," he said.

"Charged mobility is the way forward. We want to drive investments across the value chain from batteries to smart charging to Electric Vehicle manufacturing. India’s entrepreneurs and manufacturers are now poised to develop and deploy break-through battery technology," the PM said.

"Clean Mobility powered by Clean Energy is our most powerful weapon in our fight against Climate Change. This means a pollution-free clean drive, leading to clean air and better living standards for our people," PM Modi said.