The EcoMobility SHIFT+ is a methodology designed for cities to measure the performance in urban mobility and make informed decisions based on the areas that need improvement. Visakhapatnam, commonly known as Vizag, is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city in terms of economy and population.
The hilly coastal city is connected by different transport modes: east coast railway, national highway, airport, and a seaport. The Visakhapatnam Port is one of the largest ports in India and has the only natural harbor on the east coast. Visakhapatnam’s main economic activities are agriculture, aquaculture and heavy industries at the Special Economic Zones and industrial parks.
Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation gathered key stakeholders, including representatives from the Municipal and Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, traffic police and private sector to form the EcoMobility SHIFT+ Working Group to analyze the transport system and discussed the short- and long-term interventions.
The EcoMobility SHIFT+ indicator score for Visakhapatnam is 49%, performing slightly below average. While there are still some challenges in preventing automobiles from increasing and providing adequate public transportation, the administration led by the urban planning department is proactive in planning and enhancing multi-modal transportation.
EcoMobility SHIFT+ Assessment Report - Visakhapatnam, India