2013-2020 and looking ahead: How Chennai is trying to reclaim its streets for the people

Parts of Chennai's streets have undergone radical transformation as a result of various projects to make them more pedestrian-friendly and accessible. What else is in store in the future?

In an era of vanishing footpaths and widening carriageways, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has been introducing a host of initiatives prioritising pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users — giving these social heroes their due.

From adopting a progressive policy that makes walking and cycling its priority in 2014, to rigorously implementing the policy through its Chennai Street Design Project and the Smart City Mission over the last five years, the city has been transforming itself from a car-centric to a people-friendly city.

Scaling up the street transformation work in Chennai, the Greater Chennai Corporation launched the Chennai Mega Streets Programme to create a city wide network of streets with a lifespan of at least 30 years – prioritising Liveability, Mobility and Utility.

The success of the street transformation works and the Mega Streets launch was reflected in the Tamil Nadu Budget announcement in February 2020, with the allocation of funds for the preparation of DPRs and commencement of work.

With the Mega Streets Programme now set in motion, Chennai is now gearing up to become the “Walking Capital of the Country”.

Learn more about the city’s journey of making Streets for People in the infographic below.

Conceptualized by: Aswathy Dilip, A V Venugopal, Santhosh Loganaathan

[This blog was originally published on www.itdp.in]

Comments:

  1. Mahesh says:

    It’s nice that Chennai corporation is going for pedestrian friendly initiatives… But I don’t think they are maintained properly… There is no proper check on encroachments… And I have seen in many places where trash bins occupying the entire width of footpath with trash thrown all around… This makes any pedestrian highly uncomfortable

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