Transit Oriented Development

In 2011, 32% of India’s population lived in cities. By 2040, this population is estimated to increase to 40%. This rapid urbanisation, coupled with the current urban planning and design trends and regulations has encouraged urban sprawl and increased motorisation. If not addressed, will lead to increased carbon emissions, air pollution, congestion, reduced safety and poor quality of life. It is important to build compact, safe and inclusive cities that prioritise non-motorised transport accessibility that leads to vibrant and dynamic neighbourhoods and can change the existing urban development model. 

To encourage sustainable development in cities, the Indian government is promoting Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as an urban growth strategy to create vibrant, livable neighborhoods along efficient public transit. This requires significant investments at various stages of implementation, making it necessary to find alternate, innovative financing strategies to supplement traditional funding sources.


This webinar was hosted on the 8th of August, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (IST), and presented by Dario Hidalgo, Director – Integrated Transport, WRI. 

In 2016, WRI India was empaneled as a National Training Entity in the field of Town Planning by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. This empanelment places WRI India within a roster of premier national technical and non-profit organisations that have been officially recognised for their excellence in the fields of urban development and capacity building. As a National Training Entity, WRI India works with multiple states towards furthering the goals of various urban missions such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities.

This webinar was hosted on the 29th of May, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (IST), and presented by Prerna Mehta, Manager – Sustainable Cities, WRI India, and Neha Mungekar, Senior Associate – Sustainable Cities, WRI India.

By Saritha Sudhakaran, Lakshmi Rajagopalan, Anjali Mahendra, Jaya Dhindaw, and Madhav Pai - Apr 2017

Encouraging Design Practices for Sustainable Mobility in Indian Townships: A Guidebook, is WRI India’s publication that highlights the role of urban design interventions that can be applied in townships or gated communities in cities, that promote the use of sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and public transit.


The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at a Corridor Scale Course introduces the concept of TOD and the potential benefits it can bring to a city.

India's urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. A huge task lies ahead for the government in terms of developing infrastructure to accommodate this growth. To this end, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has recognized Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as the urban growth strategy of choice.
By Prerna Mehta, Neha Mungekar, Merlyn Mathew - Dec 2016

A graphical interpretation of the Delhi TOD Policy based on the policy and regulation documents that are available in the public domain as of October 2016 . This work is taken up under the auspices of the MoU between Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) and EMBARQ - The WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport (now WRI India).


On September 24, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with Vatika Limited, a private developer group. The workshop was a means to familiarize the developer entity with Delhi's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy, and focused on imparting learnings that will enable them to implement their learning in the context of their work. Following an explanation of the provisions of the policy, a Design Charrette was organizaed where the participants were required to apply the provisions to a sample project site. 

On September 23, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The intention of the workshop was to impart learnings obtained by WRI India through a study of documents relevant to Delhi's TOD Policy. It set out to enable participants to develop a clear understanding of the policy and regulations for implementation on ground, and identify policy gaps, if any.

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