IRF steering the WGs of the National ITS Committee in India

IRF steering the WGs of the National ITS Committee in India

Following the creation of a National Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Committee by NITI Aayog in December 2018, three working groups have been created with the mission to formulate policy recommendations on education, legal aspects and innovation. IRF has entered into a Statement of Intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog, Govt. of India, to work towards a coherent national ITS policy and is accordingly now chairing the work of the three WGs. Eight pillars of priority action have now been identified and on-going pilots in the country are being reviewed. As per the order issued by NITI Aayog, the National ITS Committee has the following objectives:

  • To work in with departments of Govt. Of India, States and cities to take stock of the current initiatives and building consensus towards a coherent National ITS policy.
  • To identify specific pilots in partnership with willing city governments and implement it.
  • Raising awareness about initiatives at all levels of government
  • Constitute three working groups on following themes to come out with a set of policy recommendations for the consideration of the committee: Education, Legal aspects and innovation
  • Ensuring the link between specifications elaborated within the working groups and the pilot projects
  • Ensuring that the input from the working groups and pilot projects is reflected in a policy that is developed.

Each working group is chaired by Shri Balraj Bhanot, Adviser, International Road federation (IRF) and Ex. Director ARAI to steer the proceedings to its desired outcome under overall guidance of ITS Committee. First meeting of ITS Committee took place on 23rd March,2018 and following task were assigned to three Working Groups:

WG 1 – ITS Capacity-Building and Awareness

  • Sound analysis of the actual situation in the country at government level, at academia level and general public at large and suggest corrective measures
  • Provide recommendations for the development of an integrated curriculum for ITS at academic level
  • Provide recommendations for the creation of continuous professional training programmes, identify institutions and expert structures at state and city level
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  • ide recommendations for the development of awareness/education campaigns

WG 2 – ITS Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks

  • Creation of an appropriate institutional and regulatory framework for promotion of ITS
  • Develop a roadmap for creating an appropriate institutional set up and regulatory framework for ITS deployment and uptake in identified areas
  • Identify priority areas of regulatory intervention that could help unlock the potential of ITS and deliver quick wins in areas defined in Annexure-I.

WG 3ITS Standards, Security and Innovation

  • Status review of standardisation and its harmonisation for expeditious expansion of ITS in a cost effective manner
  • Identify areas for standardization, Security and draw a roadmap with BIS, DoT (TEC, TSDSI & CDoT) (collaboration with WG2)
  • Provide recommendations on how to foster the dialogue and collaboration between the private and the public sector to boost innovation and R&D in the country for expeditious expansion of ITS

In the first two meetings of WGs, eight pillars of priority areas of activities have been identified for an initial focus and a review of pilots in the country is currently being carried out.

If you wish to be learn more about this work and get involved in the WGs, please contacts asap the IRF Secretariat at

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.