Dinesh Mohan retired as Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2015. He was previously the Coordinator of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at IIT Delhi. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Bombay and the International Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association. Mohan’s research has been on transport, human tolerance biomechanics, motor vehicle safety and road traffic injuries.
On 21 December 2015, Harper Sutherland, an intern at The Caravan attended Mohan’s talk “Thought Experiments in Moving around Cities” at the India International Centre in Delhi. He discussed the argument for limiting road space for traffic, the importance of congestion and the lack of accurate data regarding pollution and motor vehicles.
The situation we face in Delhi today is horrible pollution. And we start by comparing Delhi to Singapore, to New York, and to many other cities which are on the coast. If you’re going to compare Delhi with any other large city, you’ll have to compare us with other landlocked cities. Because landlocked cities’ air, and what happens in those landlocked cities is very different from cities on the coast. Or with very, very large rivers around them.