India Greens Party believes that Transport is an important and integral component of any progressive society. The party, therefore, is of the belief that India must have transport systems that function on the principles of equity of access, ecological sustainability, and have public ownership of critical transport infrastructure.
In view of this, India Greens Party believe that:
- The people in the country should have the choice to travel by affordable, fast, frequent, reliable, accessible and safe public transport systems in order to reduce car dependence and provide equity of access to transport.
- A high quality national passenger and freight rail network is essential to our modern economy and society.
- Walking and cycling must be an integral part of the transport systems, to reduce pollution and improve public health.
- Communities and infrastructure must be planned and built in the public interest, with transparent, evidence-based, accountable and participatory planning processes.
- Climate Change and oil depletion means there is an urgent need to reduce dependence on cars and our reliance on fossil fuels.
The India Greens Party want:
- Planning that is based on sustainable urban design principles, minimises urban sprawl, and promotes development in mixed-use, compact communities.
- Development that is affordable, ecologically sound, water and energy efficient, integrated with public transport, and fosters community interaction.
- The improved integration of planning and transport.
- Ecological sustainability and contribution to a safe climate as funding criteria for all federal development and infrastructure programmes.
- A national report card for progress towards ecological sustainability targets in the built environment.
- Increased opportunities for the community to participate in and guide transport planning.
- Major airports and airport expansions located to minimise social and environmental impacts, and to be connected by public transport services.
- High quality walking and cycling infrastructure that is integrated with public transport networks.
- Better transport services to, within and between rural and regional areas.
- Transport infrastructure and services that are accessible to people with a disability or impaired mobility.
- A national plan for passenger and freight transport which is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable and outlines a transition to net zero carbon transport.
- To eliminate dangerous level crossings in urban areas, and ensure the presence of signals on all crossings in rural and regional parts of the national rail network.
- Adopted and enforceable best practice fuel efficiency standards and mandatory fuel efficiency labelling of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
- Greater research into, and development in, net zero carbon fuels and transport technologies.
- Development of electric mobility infrastructure and growth in electric vehicle uptake.
- High quality rail corridors between major cities and regional centres, to support fast and efficient freight and passenger services, including east coast high speed rail.
- Partnerships between Federal, State and Local Government to plan and deliver sustainable transport initiatives and infrastructure.