The pandemic has affected millions worldwide with the virus hitting India particularly hard. At WRI India we lost a dear colleague, Ravindranath Ponnapureddy, to post-COVID-19 complications.

Ravi provided leadership to public transport planning at WRI India. He was passionate about public transport and had a deep and abiding passion for justice and equity. He was particularly keen to improve public transport for the underserved in Indian cities. A leader and a team player, Ravi enjoyed mentoring young professionals and was greatly admired by his peers and colleagues.

In honor of Ravi’s ambition to improve public transport in Indian cities, we are initiating an annual dialogue series in public transport planning.

Do join us for the first dialogue on 22 July as we discuss, and spotlight, Ravi’s work over the last year. Subsequent editions of Public Transport Dialogue will host experts, from India and abroad, who will share best practices in public transport solutions.


Remembering Ravi Ponnapureddy

  • Dr OP Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
  • Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Shikha C, Ex Managing Director, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
  • Krithi Venkat, Senior Associate, Sustainable Cities & Transport, WRI India

Complementarity Analysis of Bus and Metro Rail Networks in Bengaluru

  • Krithi Venkat, Senior Associate, Sustainable Cities & Transport, WRI India
  • Sudeept Maiti, Head, Sustainable Cities & Transport, WRI India

Urban Form and Economic Impacts: Bengaluru Metro and Relaxed FAR Restrictions

  • Liming Chen, Young Professional (Economist), Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), Asian Development Bank
  • Kala Sridhar, Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Change

The event will be moderated by Madhav Pai, Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center.