The first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) comes to an end 2012-13 and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is expected to launch JNNURM 2.0 to continue the mission thereafter. Based on the experiences of JNNURM 1.0, Parisar submitted a set of recommendations to MoUD regarding JNNURM 2.0, particularly focusing on the urban transport funding of JNNURM but also some general suggestions applicable to all sectors. The thrust of these suggestions is to make JNNURM more effective and accountable in its mission of sustainable and equitable urban development. Parisar also submitted these suggestions to the 12th Plan Working Group on Urban Transport set up by the Planning Commission of India.

The detailed submission from Parisar can be accessed here.

Parisar has created a mobile BRT exhibition, which explains the basic concepts of Bus Rapid Transit, in nine colorful panels. The panels, which can be set-up on easy to erect stands (designed by our friends at Design Directions, Pune), show the basic features of BRT, examples from around the world and answer some common questions about the system using pictures and simple text, in both English and Marathi.

Parisar is conducting an outreach and awareness program on Bus Rapid Transit system in Pimpri Chinchwad, which involves interacting with citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad and explaining to them the concept of BRT, inviting feedback and initiating more public involvement in this project. As an effective medium of outreach, Parisar commissioned a film on BRT in India and its various facets. This film covers the concept of BRT with its implementation in three cities of India, namely Pune, Ahmedabad and Delhi. It is interspersed with interviews of experts, citizens, bureaucrats and politicians, all of whom play their own unique part in making the BRT system work.

A public hearing was held on 18th June 2010 to understand public opinion about the proposed metro rail project for Pune. The public hearing was organized by the Mayor Mr. Mohansingh Rajpal and Chairman, Standing Committee Mr. Arvind Shinde of the Pune Municipal Corporation. Many individual citizens, civil society groups (including Parisar) and representatives of political parties presented their views at the hearing. 

Parisar also made its submission expressing its views on the metro rail proposal currently being considered.