India-Improving Walkability in Indian Cities
"With a support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Clean Air Asia center managed to conduct a walkability study in six Indian cities. The scope includes the following cities: three big cities namely Chennai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar and three smaller but growing cities, Surat, Rajkot and Indore. This study is a follow-up of Clean Air Asia’s study “Walkability and Pedestrian Facilities in Asian Cities: State and Issues” with support from ADB and other partners...
The objective of the project under phase 2 is to improve the state of walking and pedestrian facilities in Indian cities by policy, strategic documents and regulations along with dedicated projects through:
- Policy Development - through the improvement and/or adoption of national/state/city policies and by obtaining commitments from two to three cities to improve walking and pedestrian facilities in the next couple of years that are concrete and visible to its residents and are considered as best practice examples for other Indian cities to follow, although the effort has been to obtain commitments from more than three cities
- Development of Walkability Toolkit for Indian Cities – to facilitate policy and strategic development, a toolkit for states/cities to adopt in support of walking and pedestrian facilities in Indian cities. The Toolkit has been developed and comments from various experts has been received, which is being incorporated and will be made available in the final report.
- Advocacy and City Dialogues and City Implementations – sustained commitment from the cities involves active facilitated dialogues with and between government (state and city levels) and other stakeholders in actual programs, projects, and/or additional policies adopted by the cities. On this regard the cities have committed to improve pedestrian facilities. "1
Progress and Outcomes
Capacity building activities include development of climate change policies. Identified capacity building needs include policy development, obtaining commitments from the cities involved to improve pedestrian facilities, and training courses for officials and engineers on complete street designs. Some stakeholders have also expressed interest in receiving training in the use of the toolkit.