Making NMT (Improvement of Walkability and Pedestrian Facilities) Work in Indian Cities

In 2010-2011, as part of a project funded by Climate Works/Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation the walkability and pedestrian facilities in six cities in India – Pune, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Rajkot was studied. The study established that there was a great requirement for improving the pedestrian facilities. In July 2011 Clean Air Asia and the Shakti Foundation, as a follow-up to this study, worked together to see how walkability surveys could be taken to a higher level, where efforts facilitate actual improvement of walkability and pedestrian facilities in Indian cities.

The project aimed to improve the state of walking and pedestrian facilities in Indian cities by policy, strategic documents and regulations along with dedicated projects through the following activities:

  • 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 would be to obtain commitments from three cities or more.
  • 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 will be developed.
  • 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. The ultimate aim is to translate these commitments in actual programs, projects, and/or additional policies adopted by the cities.

Donor: Shakti Foundation

Duration: July 2011 – Oct 2012

Clean Air Asia Contact
Parthaa Bosu, parthaa.bosu@cleanairasia.org