Sustainable Transportation systems

By Prof. Bhola Ram Gurjar   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1251
The objective of the course is to impart knowledge and skills of environmental issues related to transportation systems, concept of sustainability and related issues. The course includes the various environmental aspects of mass rapid transportation systems, air quality management through transportation planning in mega cities and current case studies regarding the same.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  PG/Pre-PhD (UG Students, Professionals and Policy Makers can also attend)
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  :  Automobile, road and transportation related other industries may find this course informative.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Transportation systems
Week 2: Land-use plans, zoning schemes and provisions
Week 3: Urban and regional transport planning 
Week 4: Impacts on humans, flora and fauna, soil, water, air, climate and landscape 
Week 5: Establishment of baseline conditions w.r.t soil, water and air quality 
Week 6: Noise, air and water pollution modelling
Week 7: Modelling of impacts and scenario-based analysis
Week 8: Assessment of potential project impacts including indirect, cumulative and synergistic impacts 
Week 9: Decision support systems for EIA of transport infrastructures
Week 10: Abatement measures
Week 11: Sustainable transportation systems
Week 12: Case studies of highway, railway and airport projects, OpenLCA tool for life Cycle Assessment, STAN for material flow analysis

Books and references

  1. Assessment & Decision Making for Sustainable Transport, European Conference of Ministers of Transport, OECD Publishing 2004.
  2. Wood, C. and Wood, C., “Environmental Impact Assessment: A Comparative Review”, Prentice Hall. 2002.
  3. Petts, J., “Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment”, Blackwell Publishing. 1999.
  4. Sucharov, L.J. and Baldasano, J.M., “Urban Transport and the Environment, Vol. II”, Computational Mechanics Publications. 1996.
  5. Zannetti P. (Ed.), “Environmental Modeling, Vol. I”, Computational Mechanics Publication, Elsevier Applied Science. 1993.

Instructor bio

Prof. Bhola Ram Gurjar

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Bhola Ram Gurjar holds a PhD in the area of Environmental Risk Analysis from India's premier technological institution I.I.T. Delhi followed by Postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany. He is a Professor of Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering Department and a Joint Faculty in Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Transportation Systems (CTRANS) at I.I.T. Roorkee. He has been Dean of Resources and Alumni Affairs (DORA) from June 2017 - April 2021 and Head of CTRANS from February 2015 - February 2018 at IIT Roorkee. He has also headed the Max Planck Partner Group for Megacities & Global Change at IIT Roorkee from 2006-2011. Prof. Gurjar has about 30 years’ progressive professional experience in industry, teaching, training, research, and consultancy. He is among the leading academics and researchers who have worked extensively in the area of environmental science and engineering specially focused on air and water pollution, and environmental quality and health risk assessment, which is reflected in his several highly cited research papers published on these themes. His present research interests include megacities; air and water pollution; environmental impact and risk assessment; atmospheric emissions and climate change; Biofuels and their emissions, and integrated cross-disciplinary study of science and policy issues of the environment, health, energy, economy, technology, infrastructure and resources – particularly from the global change, sustainable development and risk governance perspectives.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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