Transport Planning and Environment

The Transport Planning Division was functioning as Transportation planning & Environment Division till March 2012. From April 2012 it was made a separate entity with an aim to promote R & D and consultancy in the area of Transport Planning, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Transportation Economics.  The major objectives are to introduce new innovative approaches in the above areas for sustainable road development and evolving policies for sustainable transportation planning at urban centers.

Areas of R&D/Consultancy/Core Activities

Areas of R&D

  • Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Studies (CTTS),
  • Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies & Road User Cost Studies
  • Estimation of Traffic Loads and related Traffic Pollution Loads on Urban Road Network
  • Transportation System Management
  • Travel Demand Forecasting
  • Noise Pollution due to Road & Road Transport & Noise Mapping & Vibration Studies
  • Transportation Economics and Evaluation of Transport Projects
  • Feasibility Studies of Transportation Planning Projects
  • Geo-Spatial Applications in Transportation Sector
  • Planning for sustainable modes of transport.

Areas of Consultancy

  • Transport System Planning & Evaluation
  • Travel Demand Estimation
  • Soft computing Application in Transport Modelling
  • Noise modelling and noise barrier design & noise mapping
  • Human Response to vibration and harshness

Infrastructure Facilities

  • Noise & Vibration Level Analyzers & Dose Meter
  • Infrared based Automatic Counters cum Vehicle Classifiers
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Doppler Radar Speedometer
  •  Video V Box

Software Tools:

  • Vissim
  • Paramics
  • Cube
  • Trans CaD
  • SPSS
  • Arc GIS
  • PTV Vision – VISSIM

Training Programmes

  • Transportation Planning and System Management
  • Vibration and Noise Measurement and Analysis
  • Geo-spatial Applications in Transportation Sector

Significant Achievements

  • Urban Road Traffic and Air Pollution in Major Metropolitan Cities of India (URTRAP)
  • Road Traffic and Air Pollution in Delhi
  • Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Studies for Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Surat, Jaipur, Aizwal, Jamshedpur etc.
  • Ridership Estimates and Economic Evaluation of Ludhiana Metro, Delhi Metro Phase-I & Phase-II
  • Mobility Levels and the Transport Problems of Different Population Groups
  • Steady Speed Fuel Consumption Studies under Varying Gradients and Surface Types
  • Noise & Vibration Studies along Central Secretariat Badarpur Corridor of Delhi Metro
  • Noise, Vibration & Privacy issue along Saltlake KMRC corridor, Kolkata
  • Noise & Vibration study at Tapan Singha Hospital Tolly Ganj to Gharia Metro Corridor, Kolkata
  • Estimation of Fuel Loss due to Idling of Vehicles at Signalised Intersections
  • Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies for Free way Corridors and Bypasses
  • Microscopic Traffic Simulation of Toll Plaza Operations
  • Evaluation of Integrated Traffic Circulation Plan around IGI Airport
  • Urban Traffic Flow Characteristics of 14 Cities of varying Sizes
  • Development of Qualitative and Quantitative Level of Service Models for Pedestrian Facilities.

Honours/Recognition and Significant Achievements

  • Dr K.Ravinder Elected as Honorary Secretary for Institute of Urban Transport(IUT) India for the period 2012-2014
  • Dr Purnima Parida was invited for plenary presentation at, Ecomobility Changwon 2011 congress on Mobility for the Future of Sustainable Cities, organized by Changwon City and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, 24th October 2011, Changwon, South Korea.
  • Mr. Nasim Akhtar , Sr. Scientist nominated Editor-in-chief International Journal of Noise, Vibration & Harshness (effective 2011)
  • Dr. E-Madhu and Dr. K. Ravinder was awarded Bihar PWD Medal in Nov, 2011 for their publication on "Critical Evaluation of Roadway capacity on Multi-lane Highways of India under heterogenous traffic condition with Traditional and Microscopic Traffic Simulation" which was published in Journal of IRC in 2010.
  • Dr Purnima Parida was selected as Team Leader by Asian Development Bank, Manila to work as Team Leader to prepare PPTA for the project, Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project, in Bangladesh from April 2010 to Sept 2010.
  • Dr. E-Madhu and Dr. K. Ravinder was awarded in Dec, 2010 with Best Paper award for their publication on "Economic Evaluation of Highway Projects in India" which was published in Indian Journal of Transport Management in 2009
  • Dr. Purnima Parida was awarded IRC Medal by Indian Roads Congress for paper entitled “Estimation of Fuel Loss during Idling of Vehicles at Signalised Intersections”, published in IRC Journal of March 2008 at IRC Annual Session held in November 2009 at Patna Bihar.
  • Dr Purnima Parida was invited by World Bank, Washington D C, for presentation on Qualitative Level of Service Models for Pedestrian Facilities. Jan 2009