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Multi-modal and Inter-modal transportation planning

I received an invitation from a student-junior-cum-friend on behalf of the management of BMCET, Surat. It was about addressing the faculty members and participants during a One-day seminar on “Current Scenario of public transportation in Surat: Problems and remedies” on 7th October 2016. I was set for a session during post-lunch hours after awakening pre-lunch sessions of specialists Dr. G. J. Joshi and Dr. S. Arkatkar from SVNIT.

Integration of all available modes is the key solution to challenges shaping up due to the urban transportation lackings.

Multi-modal transportation is breaking a single human trip in a different mode. That means a traveler uses different modes of walk-bus-metro-bus-walk and similar combination.

Intermodal is the mode between two major transportation mode. Say, for an example, a passenger departs from a point, uses a bicycle and reaches BRTS/MRTS facility for further use. Once completed BRT/MRT, the passenger again will need to use a mode to reach to a destination, by walk/by using a bicycle.

A mere creation of BRTS/MRTS will not serve the purpose except for mentioning crown investments in larger forums. The municipal organization needs to focus on both of these two aspects which highly dependent on local practices and mindset of citizens. Even though a very classy facility of BRT/MRT is in place, people will not use it in the absense of reaching to these services.

Here is the presentation that I discussed for reference.

It was a good experience of interaction at the institute. Most of the faculty members are young and energetic, most importantly – curious. While discussion, I shared my views on the challenges that citizens are facing and possible alternatives that may be derived using design thinking. Thanks to my beloved student, Er. Bhaumik Mengar who did all the background of activities for the event.

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Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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