Guwahati: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, has enlisted eight cities from the North-Eastern region (Guwahati, Agartala, Shillong, Aizawal, Imphal, Gangtok, Kohima, and Itanagar) for participating in the Streets for People Challenge.
MoHUA's challenge amongst 140 cities will concentrate on the response to the need for making cities more walkable and has apparently been built on the advisory issued by MoHUA for the holistic planning for pedestrian-friendly market spaces, earlier this year.
The cities will be guided to launch their own design competitions to gather innovative ideas from professionals for quick, innovative, and low-cost tactical solutions thereby allowing a participatory approach. It is aimed that the country develops a unified vision of streets for people in consultation with the stakeholders and citizens.
In the last decade, extreme events like increasing frequency of cyclones, floods, heatwaves, water scarcity and drought-like conditions have had adverse impacts on many of our cities as well as the economy.
CSCAF has adopted the initiative which intends to inculcate a climate-sensitive approach to urban planning and development in new India.