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June 22, 2012

UTTIPEC at WALKABILITY FORUM: Better Air Quality and Livable Cities

Mr.Ashok Bhattacharjee, Director, UTTIPEC delivers the key note address

Mr Ashok Bhattacharjee, Director Planning, Member Secretary, UTTIPEC, who gave a keynote on UTTIPEC’s activities and successes in Delhi and set the tone for the ‘cities speak’ session said that the biggest deterrent in promoting  walkability is the land use planning which tends to adopt the western model of sprawl development. Providing more road space will only induce vehicular growth and movement. According to their study, solutions lie by addressing:

1)   Last mile connectivity with public transport

2)   Multi-modal integration

3)   Transit oriented development

4)   Efficient Street Design for comprehensive street design guidelines

5)   Public outreach programs to garner public opinion.

6)   Clear policy, guidelines and projects for Integrating Urban land Use and Transport should be established

7)   Sorting conflicts between parking space and pedestrian space.

8)   Providing Pedestrian facilities like crossings – e.g. IRC guidelines recommend crossover every 200m; however, cities usually provides >500m

10) Lack of benchmarking for pedestrian facilities is the problem that needs to be addressed.

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