Imphal launches the ‘Streets for People’ design competition

Imphal: To crowd source innovative ideas and attract citizen participation in reimagining streets as safe, healthy, and happy public spaces for all, Imphal Smart City Limited (ISCL) has launched the Streets for People (S4P) Challenge.

To mark this event and to promote the Fit India Movement, a ‘Cycling and Walking Event’ was organised on Saturday, by ISCL with support from the Manipur Adventure and Mountain Biking Association.

Around 65 people registered for the event which was flagged off byi 0. Henry Singh, MAHUD minister from Kangla western gate.

At the launch, MAHUD director and ex-officio CEO, 1SCL, Th. Harikumar Singh emphasised the need to promote walking and cycling as environmentally friendly modes of transport during the pandemic through dedicated cycle lanes and walking streets. He highlighted the need for citizens to actively participate in re-imagining the streets to make them more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

The S4P Challenge is an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, ministry of housing and urban affairs in partnership with the ITDP India Programme and supported by the Fit India Movement and Swachh Bharat Mission. The aim of the challenge is to create walking-friendly streets and public spaces across Indian cities and ensure a green recovery from Covid-19.

Imphal is one among the 113 cities to have registered for the challenge. The design competition is open to all professionals and students from architecture, urban planning and other relevant fields.

As part of the challenge, Imphal has selected two sites for the design competition – (A) Governor Road near BT Park and Johnstone Higher Secondary School; and (B) Turel Mapal (New Lambulane) Road-Khongnang Makhong Road in New Checkon.

Participants can select either or both of the site typologies to develop design solutions that activate spaces to make it safe, healthy and happy. The registered cities have to come up with quick, innovative, low-cost and scalable interventions that prioritise walkability and liveability on the street.

Community engagement was a key component of the challenge and its success depends on active coordination between the city and its citizens. The entries in the competition will be evaluated by local officials, citizens, experts and other stakeholders. The first part of the two-part challenge will conclude in February, 2021.

The relevant details about eligibility criteria, submission requirements, and participation guidelines can be found on the official website: www.smartnetniva.orqfindiastreetchallenqe/competition.

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