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Sustainable Structured Last Mile Pubic Connectivity Project in India
Description/achievement of initiative

‘Structured Non – Polluting Last Mile Public Connectivity’ is an important part of ‘Sustainable Transportation’, which could be a major contributor in the move of combating ‘Air & Noise Pollution’ of India and the World. While this sector provides employment to more than 20 million natives as per hypothetical estimation, every rickshaw heaver conserves minimum 2.07 ton carbon dioxide according to the study conducted by Center of Science & Environment, India.

Implementation methodologies

We received pledge of organizations in network to replicate livelihood support practices of sculpt project, which could be implemented using method, found feasible in the same, i.e. – identity of stakeholder community, financial inclusion, social-security covers, cooperative activities, collective bargain, up gradation of cart, capacity building through soft skill & life skill training etcetera but many common and inventive practices requires to be area specific, due to difference in municipal policies, geographical and social arrangement, such as – arrangement of rickshaw stands, rickshaw – parking & night shelter of haulers, solar battery charging kiosks, battery recycling units, rickshaw cab service (using their cooperative), grievance centers etcetera. This is relevant to mention here that the ‘District Secretariat’ and “District Governing Council” jointly shall be the prime decision making authority as far as implementation of project on ground and dialogue with local authorities are concerned. “State Governing Council” shall look after dialogues, provincial policies and reforms on provincial level, while “National Secretariat” takes care of advocacy for an “Integrated National Policy”, procedural & technological experiments and innovations to be replicated other than monitoring & evaluation. An sculpt project, has been carried-out for almost eight years, using trial and error method’ to develop apt structure of action to create ‘replicable model’ in a locate, known as ‘Rohini’, which is a sub city of Delhi.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

We are quite hopeful of bringing difference not only in the lives of rickshaw puller and driver community, but also pledge more comfort to passengers and save carbon omission by making this mode of last mile connectivity more comfortable and popular. Creation of various prototypes of ‘rickshaws’, such as – electric and muscle pulled hybrid, solar rickshaws, conversion of muscle pulled in to electric etcetera. The most exceptional experiment was rickshaw sculpt, which have been created by us named as ‘Saur- Hans’. Those solar powered electric rickshaws have also been equipped with facilities. i.e.– LED lights, mobile charging points, food & beverage Box etcetera other than advertizing space on rickshaw to increase income of heaver or driver. Proposed activities, such as - setting up ‘call-center’ for providing rickshaws on demand, addressing complaint of voyagers, communicating about successful experiments or new innovation and most importantly maintain coordination with rickshaw-pullers through an app, which indicates need through lights and images (most of the rickshaw pullers are either not literate or semi literate) shall be based upon technology.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Formation of ‘Federation of Rickshaw Puller’s Association, popularly and previously known as ‘Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India’ in itself is a part of projected pattern of coordination mechanism. The members of ‘Governing Council of Federation’ are registered social or community based organization. Federation is a registered unification of NGOs, CBOs, Trade Unions & Cooperatives, who either works or desire to work with ‘Rickshaw Heaver Community’. Prime carter of proposed and to some extent implemented coordination mechanism are community of ‘rickshaw pullers & drivers’ themselves. The primary integration point is their rickshaw stands and a committee communicates and acts on their behalf. Second integration point is part of the city, called ‘mohalla’ or the whole village which get managed jointly through the leaders of different ‘Stand Governing Council’. We have named them ‘Mohalla or Village Governing Council’. Third integration point is District, get coordinated through ‘District Governing Council’ Jointly with the organization, which has been identified as ‘District Secretariat’ of Federation to maintain coordination with District Administration, Municipal Body and other departments over and above bearing responsibility of maintaining coordination & transparency. ‘District Secretariats’ jointly form ‘State Secretariats’ while they form ‘National Secretariat’ of Federation.


Other than founding organization, which is PATH and other founding partners, such as - Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Arunoday Sarweshwari Lok Kalyan Samiti, Aai - Baba Bahuudyeshyeey Vyayam Kendra, Sahyogi Sewa Sansthan, Akhil Bhartiya Magasargiya Vikas Mandal, Bal Mandir Samiti, Rashtriya Ekta Evam Vikas Sansthan 350 working and aspiring partners are part of our network.
Progress reports
Goal 1
1.1 - By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
1.3 - Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
1.4 - By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.5 - By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
1.b - Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 - By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 - By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
7.a - By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
7.b - By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Goal 8
8.1 - Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries
8.2 - Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
8.4 - Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
8.7 - Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
8.8 - Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
8.10 - Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all
8.b - By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization
Goal 10
10.1 - By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
10.3 - Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard
10.4 - Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality
10.7 - Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies
Goal 11
11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Goal 12
12.2 - By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
12.7 - Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
12.a - Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
12.b - Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
12.c - Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 17
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Livelihood to minimum 10 million Rickshaw Pullers / Sustainable Last Mile Public Transport Workers
20.07 Million Ton Reduction in Annual Average Carbon Omission
Achieving Target of Education, Health & Nutrition of Minimum 20 Million Children of Children of Last Mile Transport Workers
Achiving Target of Sustainable Structured Last Mile Public Voyage Mechanism across India
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Eight staffs continued providing their technical expertise, whie more than hundred community leaders in 'Sculpt Project' contributed with their ideas
In-kind contribution
Members of Community and Members of Organizations have contributed all required articles, such as - office stationary, meeting stationaries, mobility resources etcetera
Other, please specify
To keep activities routined almost every member of organization and most of the community member have devoted their time & energy to make this sculpt successful

Basic information
Time-frame: 11/10/2008 - 11/10/2028
Other than founding organization, which is PATH and other founding partners, such as - Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Arunoday Sarweshwari Lok Kalyan Samiti, Aai - Baba Bahuudyeshyeey Vyayam Kendra, Sahyogi Sewa Sansthan, Akhil Bhartiya Magasargiya Vikas Mandal, Bal Mandir Samiti, Rashtriya Ekta Evam Vikas Sansthan 350 working and aspiring partners are part of our network.
Contact information
Vighnesh Jha, Mr., principaladministrator@forpi.org
United Nations