‘Gurgaon a city intended to benefit, not to live in’
Bharat Singh is a urban organizer and creator presently situated in Oakland, California. Taking after his late visit to one of the versions of Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, Singh addresses media about his impressions of the occasion and the city, and offered a path forward for the Raahgiri development.
Q: You as of late went by the Raahgiri Day venue. What were your impressions?
It’s an extraordinary idea, particularly in the setting of the recently manufactured parts of Gurgaon, in light of the fact that it breaks the boundaries of gated groups and the case of driving around in one’s auto. One gets the chance to be out and associate, as it were. It’s fundamentally coordinated at upper white collar class inhabitants yet has the potential for being open and usable for individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds. In particular, this occasion demonstrates there’s an inert requirement for all around outlined streets and better open base in Gurgaon. On the off chance that you assemble great pathways, cycle paths and set up a favorable situation for these methods of voyaging, individuals will utilize them in large numbers.
Q: As a specialist on urban arranging, how all around arranged, or generally, is Gurgaon as a city?
What are the weakest joins? Talking entirely about portability and area use, Gurgaon isn’t arranged as a settlement for financial collaborations, however just for simply monetary action. Subsequently, the decency remainder in Gurgaon must be falsely propped up by shopping centers, clubs and a great deal of advertising. It has been composed not by individuals inspired by living there, but rather by the individuals who need to benefit from it. To me, the weakest connection is this finished nonchalance of making arrangements for financial needs.
Q: Can you list a couple of pragmatic steps the powers ought to take to prop up Gurgaon’s open base?
They can follow up on two levels. To begin with, utilize the idea of ‘neighborhood’, something that is being done in Delhi, to draw in inhabitants and inspire them to highlight area use and versatility issues. This will set up what the inadequacies are inside of a group (parks, accommodation stores, urban utilities, and so forth) and what the destinations are inside and adjoining groups individuals go to. Once the issues are highlighted and organized, give elective arrangements and execution systems. Besides, at the level of the city, make clear orders for all municipal administration offices (PWD, HUDA, police, and so on) on objectives, standards, and principles for urban framework and administrations, so it is clear to every office what their part is, and how they fit in the execution and administration of urban base.
Q: How vital is it for a city to put resources into offices for people on foot and cyclists?
It’s a matter of human rights. On the off chance that we are a just society, then we are committed to give value to all areas of society. On the off chance that we have strategies for reasonable lodging and destitution mitigation, that must be deciphered into transportation. For any city that has worldwide goals to draw in human capital, it is crucial that they put resources into passerby and bike civilities in light of the fact that they make a city more bearable, appealing and favorable for individual to-individual cooperation.
Q: In a late blog entry you discussed the route forward for the Raahgiri crusade. Your suggestions?
I would say grow the course and extend this project to other business zones or stops. It ought to be amplified past March, and can likewise be moved to nighttimes. Include more monetary action with portable sellers to give it a financial motor that will maintain it over the long haul. We as of now have week after week bazaars, why not add one to this? Include some brief person on foot/biking framework on these areas with the goal that inhabitants are presented to great and complete road outlines, and can request that from the city powers. At last, observe routes for these exercises to be made all the more welcoming for individuals from distinctive monetary strata.