Sustainable Urban Mobility – Air quality, Climate action, Accessibility (SUM-ACA)

The Government of India is seeking to reduce CO2 emissions while also following pathways to environmentally friendly urban development. To this end, it is adopting several policy programmes to drive forward an environmentally friendly urban mobility transition.

While integrated urban mobility planning has the potential to make a broad impact, certain prerequisites are indispensable to reap the full benefits. Some matters have to be clarified before local authorities can start the participatory process of mobility planning together with all relevant actors (including local governments, public transport authorities, civil society groups and community).

An evidence basis for the interrelated challenges of CO2 emissions, air quality control and accessibility for urban populations is required. The full potential of synergies between these three aspects can only be realised if relevant data bases are developed. In addition, cross-sectoral coordination mechanisms must be in place and the capabilities of individuals on the ground consolidated.

Tactical Urbanism to test cycling and pedestrian friendly infrastructure redesign in Coimbatore.

The project aims to advance the environmentally friendly mobility transition in Indian cities. The project carries out activities with national, local and state partner institutions that directly benefit the urban population in several Indian cities and states.

Included Activities:

  • Supporting the Indo-German Green Urban Mobility Partnership (GUMP)
  • Engaging in the participatory development of evidence-based integrated urban mobility plans
  • Improving the capabilities of institutions and individuals


The SUM-ACA project is the phase II of  Supporting Sustainable forms of transport in India (SMART-SUT).

Project Information

Contact: Daniel Moser,

Country: India

Duration: 2022 – 2025

Status: ongoing

Funder: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political Partners: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India

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