Webinars on Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment

Cities are the engines of growth for economy of India. Currently 31% of India’s population resides in urban areas contributing to 63% of GDP which is expected to increase to 75% by 2030 with simultaneous increase of urban population to 40%.

An inclusive and people centric approach is required for improving quality of life in cities that covers physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure development. With this in mind Government of India has developed all-inclusive approach through various initiatives at central, state and city levels including schemes and initiatives like AMRUT, Smart City Mission, NUTP, Green Urban Transport, CITIIS, FAME, Swachh, PMAY etc.

Of these the Smart City Mission is notable as a remarkably new approach towards city development. The mission was launched in 2015, including projects proposal from cities demanding capacity improvement to implement these projects. ICLEI South Asia’s engagement provided support to four Smart cities of Udaipur, Ludhiana, Gwalior and Visakhapatnam. The engagement process included interaction with city authorities and project (development and) management consultancies (PDMC/PMC)s providing assistance in priority projects. Focused support was provided on projects related to mobility and built environment sectors in association with Sandeep Gandhi Architects (SGA) with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF).

On the basis of on-ground involvement, the experiences from these cities have been developed in the form of webinars to be shared among larger group of practitioners including regulators and policy makers interested in these sectors and project implementation.

The main focus of project team’s handholding involvement was to assist the cities through technical engagement in initiating the projects on ground through tests, pilots and studies. The webinars related to urban mobility under the streets for all approach will include focused observations from NMT, Parking and IPT while that on urban built will include ECBC compliance in Indian cities. On-ground interventions for project implementation includes interesting learnings which can be utilised for future projects in other locations as well.

1. Webinar on Non-motorised Transport (NMT) will be hosted on 11th April 2019 from 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. It aims to include learnings and observations from projects including NMT policy and action plan, road improvement plan, pedestrianisation plan, traffic movement study and junction improvement to combat congestion issues.

To participate, register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8981915283351215883

2. Webinar on Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) will be hosted on 10th April 2019 from 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. It will include observations from on-ground implementation of IPT projects for improving last mile connectivity though deployment of electric rickshaws on pilot basis and development of IPT policy and action plan.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/979304618459148044

3. Webinar on Parking Management under Smart Cities Mission will be hosted on 9th April 2019 from 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. It will include short description and observations from development of parking policies, parking management plans and development of parking areas for cities.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2536250466782552589

4. Webinar on Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliance in Indian cities will be hosted on 12th April 2019 from 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. It will include a description and observations from detailed analysis of current situation and capacity needs in the cities. The intention of project was to assist the cities in incorporation of ECBC in their building approval process.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4168626111309098765

It is anticipated that these webinars would be highly useful for stakeholders involved in development and implementation of similar projects in Indian cities.

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