Streets for People Challenge By Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

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21 January 2022 Current Affairs:The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs hosts an online event called the Streets for People Challenge. The event’s results were recently released.

Highlights:

  • Changes were made as a result of the Streets for People challenge and the India Cycles4 initiative to make the roads more cycle-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, and child-friendly. 
  • The streets for person challenge aims to make streets more pedestrian-friendly. The participating cities devised new and innovative plans. 
  • Pedestrians have prioritized the plans, and more than 1800 designers took part in the competition. 
  • The winning cities were awarded a total of fifty lakh rupees. 
  • Technical assistance was offered by the Institute for Transportation and Development to the participating communities. 
  • The states will bring in a healthy Streets Department. They’ll also add institutional resiliency to the mix.
  • The “Streets for People Challenge Award” has been given to about eleven Cities, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Kochi, Nagpur, Pimri Chinchwad, Pune, Udaipur, Kohima, Ujjain, and Vijayawada. 

Streets for People Challenge Second Season

  • While announcing the results, the ministry also launched the second season of streets for people challenge and India cycles4change. 
  • Cities that did not place in the final eleven winners list are eligible to compete in the second season.
  • Only cities with more than 500,000 people are eligible to apply. 
  • Season 2 will see the cities collaborate and implement parking policies, healthy streets, and on-street parking management.

Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge

  • The Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge aims to make a child-friendly neighborhood. This city will now advance to the next stage of the game. The cities’ current projects will be ramped up at the next level.
  •  A total of 60 city agencies took part in the competition. Its goal is to improve the physical and mental health of infants.
  •  It built public spaces such as parks and public restrooms and better outside waiting areas, caregiver facilities, nursing cabins, play areas, and gardens.
  • The “Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge” has been awarded to Bengaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kohima Rourkela, Vadodara, Warangal.
  • “Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge: Field Stories” was also released. Case studies make up the majority of the book.

Smart City Mission

  • The Smart City Mission served as a foundation for the problems. They are following the 2006 National Urban Transportation Policy.
  • It focuses on changing city road trends from car-centric to people-centric. The states will bring in a healthy Streets Department. They’ll also add institutional resiliency to the mix.

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