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Orientation Workshop on Safe Access and Parking Strategies for Liveable Cities


Date: February 16, 2017 (Thursday)

Venue: Lytton Hotel, 14 & 14/1, Sudder Street, Kolkata

Time: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm (including lunch) 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised an Orientation Workshop on Safe Access and Parking Strategies for Liveable Cities on February 16, 2017 at Lytton Hotel, Sudder Street, Kolkata. This programme represents our initiative to promote good regulatory practices in air quality and mobility management focusing on non-motorised transport (NMT), road safety, safe accessibility and car restraint measures. The objective of this forum was to bring together regulators and other stakeholders from Kolkata and select cities of the eastern region to sensitise and discuss the critical issues of NMT, road safety, accessibility and parking and share experiences and best practices.

This workshop brought together 34 participants including regulators, academia, scientists, medical and health professionals, research scholars, civil society groups and select media. There was representation from Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, P.C. Medical College & Hospital, Centre for Rural Development, Calcutta University, Geological Survey of India, People United for Better Living in Kolkata, Kalyani Centre for Sustainable Development, Transport Department Tripura, Howrah Municipal Corporation, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, media houses like Bartaman and Anand Bazar Patrika.

CSE’s presentation highlighted how rapid urbanisation, motorisation and sprawls are making our cities victims of killer pollution, congestion and obsessively car dependent infrastructure; importance of NMT, high share of walking and cycling in our cities but regressive action taken in some cities, no emphasis on NMT modes which are our city’s strength; parking policy and how it can be an effective travel demand management measure and cities therefore need strategies to promote NMT and its infrastructure, enhance safe accessibility for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists, public transport, last mile connectivity and integration strategies and parking policy as a car restraint measure. Debasish Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council, Kolkata Municipal Corporation talked about the parking initiatives of Corporation. Mahalaya Chatterji, Professor and Director, Centre for Urban Economic Studies, Department of Economics, Calcutta University shared about the transportation scenario and challenges in Kolkata. Ashok Bhattacharjee, Advisor, CSE presented about the Street design guidelines and its importance for design interventions. Pradip Kumar Sarmah, Executive Director, Centre for Rural Development Guwahati emphasised on the importance of cycle rickshaws and presented the Dipbahan rickshaw bank initiative being implemented in Guwahati and several other cities of India. Manas Ranjan Ray, Former Senior Scientific Officer and Head, Department of Experimental Hematology, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata informed about the health impacts of air pollution and how sustainable transport modes like walking, cycling including cycle rickshaws are beneficial from the health point of view and should be promoted in cities. Debasish Bhattacharyya, Tram Activist and Chief Scientist, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology highlighted the importance of trams as an important transport mode in Kolkata and how adverse policies are making trams to die a slow death in Kolkata instead of reviving it. The presentations and discussion during the workshop presented the challenges as well as the best practices in our cities and how with right policies and actions cities can be made safe, accessible and liveable.

For registration and more details, kindly contact 

Anisha Raman
Research Assistant, CSE
Tel: 011 - 29955124
Mobile: 9899187987
Email: anisha@cseindia.org

Priyanka Chandola
Programme Manager, CSE
Tel: 011 - 29955124
Mobile: 9810414938
Email: priyanka@cseindia.org





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