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The search for India's Lighthouse city

The solutions must align with the Government’s vision for a shared electric and connected mobility future

The Lighthouse City will demonstrate ways to upgrade mobility services
The Lighthouse City will demonstrate ways to upgrade mobility services

India’s national policy think tank, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), have launched a grand challenge to select a state to host the country’s first mobility solutions Lighthouse city.


A Lighthouse city is a living lab for conceiving, financing and testing mobility solutions that align with the Government of India’s vision for a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.


The selected state will be the first host of India’s Urban Mobility Lab, a programme that helps project teams generate solutions to complex mobility problems and test their solutions as pilots in a Lighthouse city.


The lab will launch in early 2018 with organisational support from NITI Aayog and RMI. India’s Lighthouse cities, and the mobility solutions that they test, will demonstrate ways to upgrade mobility services to meet the needs of rapidly growing cities while bringing operational efficiency and reducing pollution, congestion, and petroleum demand.


The lab will provide:

a multi-day workshop that rapidly advances teams’ solutions with the support of expert advisors;

an ongoing platform to support financing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of pilots;

a methodology for integrating multiple pilots that address parts of the mobility transition into a whole system strategy in one location;

support in disseminating lessons learned to other communities in India and beyond.


According to NITI Aayog and RMI, rapidly falling technology costs and business-model innovation make it possible for India to cost-effectively shift to a new mobility system that is shared, electric, and connected.


However, India must develop and test mobility solutions on the ground in order to demonstrate the viability and benefits of this new system. Testing solutions at city and state levels will allow India to establish a blueprint for national-level adoption of these solutions.


The Lighthouse cities supported by the Urban Mobility Lab can meet this need by demonstrating whole-system approaches to mobility transformation and creating replicable models of mobility solutions.


Participation from local and central government, private-sector actors, and private and multilateral financial institutions will support the financing and implementation of the projects.


Senior leaders from the public and private sectors have already committed to participate in the Urban Mobility Lab.



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