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CDIA Virtual Clinic Focuses on Scoping out Last-Mile Connectivity Investments

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The cities of Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh have taken steps to improve their public transport systems. In line with this, they joined the CDIA Virtual Clinic on 27 April 2022 to initiate discussions on the preparation of appropriate and integrated last-mile connectivity infrastructure investments. The clinic was organized in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“This project scoping exercise is a custom-tailored offering from the CDIA Virtual Clinic series,” says Urban Development Specialist Chee Anne Roño. “We acknowledge with thanks the cooperation of the three cities in Madhya Pradesh who shared their urban mobility challenges and proposed solutions to address last-mile connectivity.”

Despite ongoing measures toward green and sustainable transportation in the three cities, the available options for residents to access public transport from their homes are still limited. This prompted the cities to pursue a joint project on Carbon Neutral Infrastructure-based Last Mile Connectivity for Public Transport. As they are planning to apply for CDIA project preparation support, the clinic provided a platform for structured consultations toward the planning and development of the project components.

“This first interactive session with the cities now paves the way for CDIA to further support in the ongoing process of developing a solid application package to secure project preparation grant funding,” says Chee Anne.

The interactive dialogue at the clinic helped capture key issues in the urban transport sector and facilitated better understanding of the project concept in each city. Based on the discussions, CDIA identified common measures that the cities are keen to pursue: 1) enhance mass transit corridor employing a broader urban development approach and considering climate adaptation and mitigation; 2) encourage the use of electric vehicle technologies; 3) develop non-motorized transport and adopt bike-sharing schemes; and 4) support institutional and financial sustainability.

CDIA’s urban development specialists provided inputs on packaging bankable and resilient projects by defining what these mean in the context of urban public transport. They also discussed the holistic resilience framework that CDIA is adopting in its projects.

Following the clinic, the three cities are expected to further refine their application to CDIA to narrow down the project scope and identify priority areas for the proposed investments, among others.

“In the 9 virtual clinics CDIA hosted since last year, our team worked with more than 200 city officials from 34 Asian cities in 13 countries,” said Program Manager Ramon Abracosa during his opening remarks. “We had the chance to support them toward taking that first step to achieving their urban development goals through sustainable infrastructure development, and strengthening their institutional capacity to sustainably manage their projects,” he added.

Read the Clinic 9 Wrap-Up Report.

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