Prashanth Kumar Bachu is Project Manager – Urban Transport at EMBARQ India. He is based in Indore and supports EMBARQ India’s initiatives on sustainable transport, focusing on improving the performance of bus operations and offering technical support to the Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd. (AICTSL) – the company responsible for the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative.
Prashanth has been extensively involved in developing Terms of References, evaluating Expressions of Interest, and reviewing the work of consultants and vendors to AICTSL. He is working on the Bus Karo Plus project that includes capacity building and envisages creating a peer-to-peer learning network among city bus agencies. Prashanth has also conducted performance analyses of city bus routes, including the direction based Big-10 routes in Bangalore that resulted in improved operations and the introduction of express services.
Prashanth has 9 years experience in transport planning. Prior to EMBARQ India, he worked on projects in public transport planning and operations, route rationalization, long-range urban transport planning and modeling in association with Engineering Staff College of India and Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University. He has worked as a transport planner at PBS&J in Tallahassee, Florida. In Hyderabad, Prashanth has been instrumental in improving the suburban train services (MMTS), and has been involved with several NGO groups in the fields of education, environment and sustainable living. He has coordinated the Support-A-Child programme at Asha, Hyderabad; and provided mentorship in Human Values at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad.
Prashanth has completed Master’s coursework in Transport Planning at Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad.