Mumbai to become Asia’s hub for research and training on mass transit
USA transport authority, FTA and Experts from Europe help MMRDA in developing the National Mass Transit Training and Research Institute
Mumbai, September 28, 2010 – Mumbai is all set to host the research and training institute catering to the research and training needs in Asia on mass transit systems by March 2011. “We started the National Mass Transit and Training Research Institute (NaMTTRI) which is now set to become one of its kind in the Asian region with the help of the Federal Transit Administration”, said Mr.Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, while inaugurating the second training programme organized by the National Mass Transit Training and Research Institute, established by MMRDA. “The development of public transport can spur economic development. However, it is difficult to attain such success without the trained and skilled personnel. The NaMTTRI will, in fact, bring transport planners and experts to the fore to successfully run the newer modes of public transport”, said Mr.Gaikwad further.
At the occasion, Ms.Rita Dagulliard, Director, FTA, handed over invaluable documentary and audio-visual data for the use of NaMTTRI library. Ms. Dagulliard expressed great joy at the efforts put in by the MMRDA in the field of training and research with the help of FTA and observed that, “NaMTTRI indeed has the potential not to serve the Indian purpose but that of the entire Asia”. Ms. Dagulliard further said, “There will be enough learning for FTA and the MMRDA through this initiative. If MMRDA is set to established a sophisticated training Institute for the modern modes of transport, the FTA is also eager to learn the nucleus of Public-Private-Partnership”.
The four-day annual training course of the institute began today with key issues such as Public Transport Security, Safety and Emergency/Disaster Management, Noise Pollution & Abatement Measures for Urban Transportation, Integrated Ticketing, Seamless Travel Across Modes and Intelligent Transportation System, in focus.
The first course in Public Transport Security, Safety and Emergency / Disaster Management was conducted by Mr.Brian Jenkins, Transit Security Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, California, USA, who not only illustrated various terrorist attacks but also described, in detail, as how the security administration worldwide dealt with it to ensure such instances are not repeated. Mr.Brian Jenkins, during his 6-hour discourse deliberated upon critical aspects such as protecting public surface transportation, the possible threats to surface transportation, the types of targets, various trends, tactics and weaponry used by the terrorists, implications for security, awareness.
Also present on the occasion were Ms.Ashwini Bhide, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA; Mr.S.R.Nandargikar, Chief Engineer, MMRDA; Mr.R.Ramana, Additional Chief, Transport and Communication, MMRDA; Mr. Satish Kastury, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, ECT Inc. Florida; Mr.Sandro Gervasio, Consultant, Progetti e Servize Pvt. Ltd., Italy; Mr. Martin Schroeder, Chief Engineer, American Public Transportation Association, Washington DC; Mr.Jerome Lutin from Holland and Mr.Tori Iffland from Florida.