In one of most inspiring
speeches on mobility and the need to conserve nature, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi said the need of the hour is to create a mobility eco-system that is in
sync with nature. He said he was convinced that the ‘Mobility Revolution’ is an
enabler of the country’s growth and development.
“When India transforms
mobility, it benefits one fifth of mankind. It also becomes a scaled success
story, for others to replicate. Let us build a template, for the world to
adopt,” Modi said while inaugurating ‘MOVE:
Global Mobility Summit' in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister also
outlined the vision for the future of mobility in India based on 7 C’s. The 7
C’s are Common, Connected, Convenient, Congestion-free, Charged, Clean and
Cutting-edge. He exhorted the youth to
grab this opportunity to lead a new era of innovation. “This is the future. This is the sector that
will absorb everything from those with doctors to engineers to drivers to
mechanics. We should embrace this revolution early, and leverage our strengths
to lead the mobility innovation ecosystem both for ourselves and for others. The talent and technology assembled here
today, has the capability of making a transformative mobility shift for India
and the world,” he said.
He told the gathering of auto industry leaders
and others that mobility is a key driver of the economy. Better mobility
reduces the burden of travel and transportation and can boost economic
growth. It is already a major employer
and can create the next generation of jobs.
He said that mobility is
critical to preserving our planet. Road transport accounts for one fifth of
global Carbon dioxide emissions. This threatens to choke cities and raise
global temperatures. He said mobility is
the next frontier in our fight against climate change. “Better mobility can
provide for better jobs, smarter infrastructure, and improve the quality of
life. It can also reduce costs, expand economic activity and protect the
planet. Thus, the mobility sector impacts larger public outcomes,” he
based on 7 C’s
Elaborating on his vision for
the future of mobility in India is based on 7 C’s – Common, Connected,
Convenient, Congestion-free, Charged, Clean and Cutting-edge, the Prime
Minister said that the first C- Common
means that the public transport must be the cornerstone of our mobility
initiatives. Our focus must also go beyond cars, to other vehicles such as
scooters and rickshaws. Large segments of the developing world depend on these
vehicles for mobility.
As for Connected mobility, the Prime Minister said the internet-enabled
Connected Sharing Economy is emerging as the fulcrum of mobility. We must leverage the full potential for
vehicle pooling and other innovative technical solutions to improve private
vehicle utilisation, he said.
As for Convenient mobility, it means safe, affordable and accessible for
all sections of the society. This includes the elderly, the women and the
specially abled, Modi said. He also called for Congestion free mobility which he said is critical to check the
economic and environment costs of congestion. Hence, there should be emphasis
on ending bottlenecks of networks.
The fifth C is Charged mobility, he said and this is
the way forward. “We want to drive investments across the value chain from
batteries to smart charging to electric vehicle manufacturing. India’s business
leaders and manufacturers are now poised to develop and deploy break-through
battery technology,” he added..
Equally important is Clean Mobility powered by clean energy,
which the Prime Minister said is our most powerful weapon in our fight against climate
change. Finally, elaborating on Cutting-edge,
he pointed out that Mobility is
like the Internet in its early days. It is Cutting-edge. It is the next big innovation sector, he said
Entrepreneurs should see mobility as a sector with immense
opportunity for innovation and growth. It is a sector where innovation can help
solve problems for public good, the Prime Minister noted.
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