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WRI India,TMF launches STAMP Challenge to improve last mile connectivity to Hyderabad Metro

WRI India,TMF launches STAMP Challenge to improve last mile connectivity to Hyderabad Metro

Hyderabad, Jun 9 (UNI) WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable cities and Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) in collaboration with Telangana Government and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL), supported by LTMRHL, IIIT, TiE and CII, jointly launched the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) Challenge here on Saturday, a competition to seek possible innovative solutions to improve first-and last-mile connectivity to metro transit in Hyderabad.



The open innovation challenge will bring together ideas from technology and service providers, mobility

entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporations and citizens to co-create solutions for bridging the last mile gap.



The STAMP Challenge will offer the top three business solutions, $50,000 financial assistance along with

mentorship and support to collaborate to design and implement last mile solutions, HMRL Managing Director Mr NVS Reddy said on the occasion.



Hyderabad with a population of around 10 million people has experienced rapid urban growth and development due to its status as the IT hub. This surge has powered the economy, and has resulted in a sudden increase in private vehicles use in the city causing severe congestion, limiting the access to an efficient mobility system, he said.



To overcome this, the city has invested in public transport metro system within the city and currently aims

to enhance its ridership, Mr Reddy said.





Appreciating the STAMP initiative, the HMRL MD said, “Metro will be the backbone of the city and multi modal integration is the key to move towards easy and convenient commute“.



Highlighting the need and importance of last mile connectivity services to mass transit hub in India cities,

WRI India CEO Dr O.P. Agarwal, observed “Access to mass transit systems has often been a major issue in

many Indian cities. Metro system would be more effective if an efficient first and last mile connectivity is

established providing access to a larger population.



If there is safe, efficient and seamless connectivity to and from the Metro stations, it will not only be used, but will also boost the ridership of these high capacity systems, he maintained.

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