Transit Oriented Development

In 2011, 32% of India’s population lived in cities. By 2040, this population is estimated to increase to 40%. This rapid urbanisation, coupled with the current urban planning and design trends and regulations has encouraged urban sprawl and increased motorisation. If not addressed, will lead to increased carbon emissions, air pollution, congestion, reduced safety and poor quality of life. It is important to build compact, safe and inclusive cities that prioritise non-motorised transport accessibility that leads to vibrant and dynamic neighbourhoods and can change the existing urban development model. 

By Saritha Sudhakaran, Lakshmi Rajagopalan, Anjali Mahendra, Jaya Dhindaw, and Madhav Pai - Apr 2017

Encouraging Design Practices for Sustainable Mobility in Indian Townships: A Guidebook, is WRI India’s publication that highlights the role of urban design interventions that can be applied in townships or gated communities in cities, that promote the use of sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and public transit.


The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at a Corridor Scale Course introduces the concept of TOD and the potential benefits it can bring to a city.

India's urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. A huge task lies ahead for the government in terms of developing infrastructure to accommodate this growth. To this end, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has recognized Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as the urban growth strategy of choice.
By Prerna Mehta, Neha Mungekar, Merlyn Mathew - Dec 2016

A graphical interpretation of the Delhi TOD Policy based on the policy and regulation documents that are available in the public domain as of October 2016 . This work is taken up under the auspices of the MoU between Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) and EMBARQ - The WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport (now WRI India).


On September 24, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with Vatika Limited, a private developer group. The workshop was a means to familiarize the developer entity with Delhi's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy, and focused on imparting learnings that will enable them to implement their learning in the context of their work. Following an explanation of the provisions of the policy, a Design Charrette was organizaed where the participants were required to apply the provisions to a sample project site. 

On September 23, 2016, WRI India organized a workshop on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy Interpretation with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The intention of the workshop was to impart learnings obtained by WRI India through a study of documents relevant to Delhi's TOD Policy. It set out to enable participants to develop a clear understanding of the policy and regulations for implementation on ground, and identify policy gaps, if any.

By Prerna Mehta, Neha Mungekar, Merlyn Mathew - Oct 2016
Delhi is at a defining moment in terms of preparing itself for the next few decades with the Master Plan 2021. Recognizing the urgent need for Delhi to be prepared to receive huge in-migrations by 2021, the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy was created and approved by the Ministry of Urban Development on July 14, 2015.

This webinar was hosted on Saturday, 25 June 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm IST (local time) and was presented by Jaya Dhindaw, Strategy Head - Integrated Urban Practice, WRI India Sustainable Cities; and Himadri Das, Program Manager - Urban Devlopment & Accessibility, WRI India Sustainable Cities. 

On February 18, 2016 WRI India organized a day long workshop on “Financing TOD in Indian Cities – Challenges and Opportunities”, co-hosted by Citi Foundation and C40. The workshop was targeted at Field experts, City officials, Financers, Banks, Developers, Transport providers and operators, and capital providers who are in process of adopting the strategy of Transit Oriented Development. The intention of the workshop was to build knowledge & share amongst stakeholders possible ways forward for TOD Financing in the Indian context.

As part of its ongoing engagement with Kochi city supported by the EC SOLUTIONS project, WRI India Sustainable Cities conducted a classroom training on ‘’Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations’’ in September, 2015, for the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL), who were also the co-organizers of the workshop.

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