Policy Interventions for COVID 19 and their Impact on Activity and Travel in India: Present Trends and Future Implications

21 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2020

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Saurabh Dandapat

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

Kinjal Bhattacharyya

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Sai Kiran Annam

RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpu

Kaustubh Saysardar

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Bhargab Maitra

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Date Written: August 23, 2020

Abstract

Several policy interventions have been adopted by the administrative authorities to restrict the spread and impact of the highly contagious Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in India. The social distancing norms and other restrictions on daily activities have substantially affected the mobility and perceptions on urban travel by the society. This study is aimed to bring out the evidences related to impacts of policy interventions and preventive measures on activity and travel characteristics of the urban Indian population. The findings clearly show differential impacts of the policy interventions on several types of activities as well as the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. Analysis of mobility in two specific cities further highlight that it is necessary to consider local circumstances before rolling out policies regarding imposing or easing of transport and activity restrictions.

Keywords: COVID-19, activity, mobility, policy interventions, future mode use, urban India

Suggested Citation

Dandapat, Saurabh and Bhattacharyya, Kinjal and Annam, Sai Kiran and Saysardar, Kaustubh and Maitra, Bhargab, Policy Interventions for COVID 19 and their Impact on Activity and Travel in India: Present Trends and Future Implications (August 23, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3692901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3692901

Saurabh Dandapat

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
IIT Khragpur
Kharagpur, IN West Bengal 721302
India

Kinjal Bhattacharyya

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India
+919830092700 (Phone)

Sai Kiran Annam

RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpu ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India

Kaustubh Saysardar

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India

Bhargab Maitra (Contact Author)

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India
+919434040738 (Phone)

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