Pandemic and A case for green recovery Lessons from the transport sector

To deal with the sharp economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India has announced a slew of packages estimated to be about ten per cent of India’s GDP. While there is a lot of debate on the adequacy and effectiveness of the economic packages, there is not enough conversation on the ability of the recovery packages to drive investment and growth to build environmental resilience for green recovery. Green recovery is central to the overall economic recovery process today as environmental and health crises have shown that economies can go into deeper shock if environmental indicators are not integrated. This policy brief has specifically examined the importance of linking economic recovery with the transportation sector, especially low carbon public transport and electric mobility, to demonstrate what is at stake.