The Bus & Car Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) along with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State Bus Operators Association inaugurated the 3rd edition of India’s flagship conclave and exhibition for public transport, Prawaas 3.0.
The three-day event brings together leading bus and car operators from across India in eight important segments :- Intercity, Intracity, School Bus, Employee Transport, Tour Operators, Tourists Cabs, Maxi Cabs and PPP-SPVs.
The central theme of this year’s event is – ‘Towards Safe, Smart, Sustainable Passenger Mobility’, which BOCI says echoes its ethos. The event is supported of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Ministry of Heavy Industries, government of India.
Prasanna Patwardhan, President, BOCI said, “Pandemic has disrupted lives of millions over the last couple of years. The transport sector has been brutally hit as well and lives of thousands of operators across India were impacted severely. We have been through a debilitating period and are still recovering from the havoc created by the lockdowns and pandemic. I am happy that the sector has come together and is present here full strength. Prawaas 3.0 is our endeavour to bring public transport stakeholders together to ideate, showcase innovations and share best practices. Public transport in India needs a major boost given the sheer number of people it transports. Public transport carries 32 crore passengers daily, far higher than any other means of transport in India. Of this, over 85% is serviced by private operators of BOCI. Prawaas is our effort to draw attention of the policymakers and the government to take the needs of our sector into cognisance and work towards creating a favourable environment for the sector to thrive. The sector badly needs fiscal impetus, tax relief and availability of capital. We also seek industry status from the government to enable and empower our sector.”
Prawaas 3.0 features exhibition, conferences & workshops, awards function, round table discussions, CEO leadership talks and panel discussions featuring sector leaders from across the country. The exhibition boasts of the largest showcase of passenger vehicles, aftermarket solutions, accessories, consumables, IT & ITS solutions, and allied products & services.
The ongoing edition has a strong focus on showcasing electric vehicles and sustainable mobility.
Jagdeo Singh Khalsa, Chairman, BOCI said, “Public transport in India needs urgent attention, given our vast country and large populace. There is a need for a greater collaboration between stakeholders both public and private to revamp the sector and bring it on par with the best globally. Our efforts with Prawaas is to create a platform that brings together all key stakeholders to revitalise the public transport in India.”
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North-eastern Region (DoNER), government of India and Member of Parliament – Secunderabad said, “I am happy to be here with the Prawaas family. I commend and appreciate BOCI for bringing all public mobility stakeholders together on one platform. This is a great initiative and Prawaas is a platform that will help us introspect, ideate and formulate the roadmap for growth of public transport in the country.”
BOCI expects Prawaas 3.0 over 10,000 business visitors from 28 states of India and 8 Union Territories, over 100 expert speakers in the conference and more than 200 leading exhibitors across all sectors such as – Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, VE Commercial, Red Bus, Bharat-Benz, Mahindra, Olectra, Cummins, Force Motors, Exide-leclanche, Blackbuk EV, Bitla Software, Valeo, SML, Intel, KPIT, Kyndryl, Paytm and ICICI Bank being some of the key participants.