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Chandigarh wins grant of 1 crore in India Cycles4Change challenge
Chandigarh, July 28, 2021: Chandigarh has been selected as one of the 11 cities in India to receive a scale-up support of Rs. 1 Crore from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, for the India Cycles4Change Challenge organised under the Smart Cities Mission.
The event was presided by Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and was attended by key stakeholders from Central and State Governments including Municipal Commissioners of Cities, and MDs/CEOs of Smart Cities.
Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Commissioner, MCC-cum-CEO-Chandigarh Smart City Ltd. and Sh. N.P. Sharma, Chief General Manager, CSCL attended the online event and received the award.
While sharing the success story of the challenge, the CEO said that Chandigarh will also receive guidance from National and International experts to further scale up the initiatives. As per the survey by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the use of cycles has increased by 65% during the lockdown. Hence, the centre had decided to launch this challenge to motivate cities to implement cycling-friendly initiatives. In all, 107 cities had participated in the first round of the challenge launched in June 2020, under which they had to implement and introduce low cost changes to increase cycling infrastructure. Out of these 107, Chandigarh was selected in the top-25 in February 2021.
He said that a presentation was given to the jury members to cement its place in the top 11. The monetary support received will be utilized in scaling-up of cycling-friendly initiatives in the city. The programme will also involve a compilation of shared learnings from the 11 cities, so that each city can study infrastructure models of other cities to analyze ways the same can be implemented in their zones.
The CEO further said that the journey of Chandigarh in the India Cycles4Change Challenge started with community engagement through forms and surveys to know the issues and feedback of people towards cycling in the city. Further, handlebar surveys were done to know the pain-points in cycling from the cyclist’s perspective. On similar lines, cycling events were planned in the city with support from various cyclist groups, RWA’s and city officials to increase awareness about the city’s participation in the challenge.
He said that various parameters on which the cities were judged are: • Forming the C4C Work Team • Process and rationale behind selection of corridor and neighbourhood locations, Site analysis • Handlebar Survey Process and Findings • Designing solutions for corridor and neighbourhood through site visits & focused discussions • Testing the design solutions on ground for corridor and neighbourhood through stakeholder & community engagement • Measuring the Impact of interventions through photo and video documentation • Forming the Scale-Up Cycling Plan and identifying funding sources • Setting up the Healthy Streets Apex Committee & forming the Healthy Streets Policy • Process of rolling out the Perception Survey and its findings • On ground engagement through Cycle rallies, Cyclothons, Cycle repair workshops, Cycle training programs, Cycle to work & Cycle rental programs • Online engagement through Social media campaign to collect cycling stories • Press coverage of C4C in the city.
He further said that notably, the CSCL has already constructed a dedicated network of 200-km cycle tracks in the city and more are being constructed to connect the periphery and the city’s industrial areas. Chandigarh is also gearing up for the launch of the first phase of the PBS with 1,250 bicycles at 155 docking stations spread across the city.
Governor Punab and Adminstrator Chandigarh has congratulated the team of officers for this achievment.
Congratulations to my team of officers for another achievement;#Chandigarh selected in Top11Cities among100 #SmartCities in India #Cycle4Change Challenge Awards and won Rs1 Cr AwardMoney to upscale the pilot project to make city more #CycleFriendly@swachhchd
— V P Singh Badnore (@vpsbadnore) July 28, 2021