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Improving Urban Transport for Key Municipalities in Bhutan: Capacity Building

This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Sustainable cities and communities

Climate action

Goal 13: Climate action
Climate action


The transport sector accounts for Bhutan's highest energy-related GHG emissions, totaling 44% of all energy related emissions and over 7% from the sector in the overall GHG emissions. Bad road quality and a difficult terrain, which hinders road expansion, creates challengs to managing transport. A stakeholder’s consultation during Bhutan's Technology Needs Assessment Project, recommended the use of advanced technologies as a part of the potential solution.

Requested CTCN Response

  • Preparation of Mobility Plan for Thimphu City
  • Detailed Project Report for Intelligent Transport System (ITS) implementation in Thimphu
  • Building Professional Capacities on Managing and Operating ITS
  • Pilot of ITS for Thimphu

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Results

  • Officials and managers would have enhanced their knowledge and skills in public transport management and use of ITS
  • Reduction in GHG emissions due to improved public transport and increased ridership- greater level of mode switching from harmful modes to more cleaner modes of transport
  • Enhance co-benefits in terms of reduction in local air pollutants, noise pollution and road crashes
  • Enhanced understanding of transport officials in public transport management
  • Enhanced understanding of private bus operators in public transport operations

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