Research: Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Mobility in Indian Cities
COVID being the biggest disruption of the century had an unprecedented impact on the mobility sector in India, and across the world. To articulate the perceptions of people and analyse the impact, Ramit Raunak, Nishant Sawant and Dr. Shalini Sinha have published a research paper titled ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Mobility in Indian Cities’ in the Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The paper, on various parameters such as mode choice, vehicular ownership, public transport patronage and frequency of travel and expectations from public transport, investigates the impact of lockdown across India. It also compares the alterations in public transport globally during the on-going pandemic, along with examples of middle-income group families and the change in choices related to their commute.