Dr. O. P. Agarwal


Dr O P Agarwal


Indian School of Business

Area of expertise

Urban Transport

Brief Profile of Speaker 

Dr O.P. Agarwal is currently an Executive Director at the Indian School of Business. He heads the Institute of Infrastructure Management located at the Mohali campus of the School. From December 2009 to June 2016, he was working at the Urban Transport Adviser to the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington DC, where his responsibilities were to advise urban transport projects and project teams across all regions.

From July 1979 to August 2007, he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and held several positions, both under the national government and the Government of Assam. One of these was as the head of the Urban Transport division of the Ministry of Urban Development, first from April 1995 to June 1996 and then from April 2005 to October 2006. During this, he authored the National Urban Transport Policy for the country. This document formalizes the priorities for all levels of government towards the development of sustainable urban transport..

He has written several papers on urban transport policy and governance issues. He has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Master’s degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.


Working Group

Urban and Rural Planning and Management

Sub Theme

Integrated Planning, Management and Governance Structure Imperatives

Duration of presentation

10 minutes (including Q&A)

[Soft copy of presentation maximum of 8-10 slides to be shared by 13th December 2016]

Topic/ Title

Coordinated Governance for Integrated Urban Transport Planning

Coverage of presentation

Travel patterns in a city vary from corridor to corridor. Multiple modes need to be used for meeting these travel needs. It is extremely important that the services provided by these modes are well integrated. Coordinated Governance is the key to such integration. Unfortunately, current governance structures are highly fragmented in most cities around the world. The presentation will highlight examples of a few cities where such coordinated governance structures have been put in place and the key lessons for others.