Manek Chowk Public Space Design

Revitalizing public space and public life by decreasing traffic congestion

Manek Chowk in Ahmedabad is an example of current condition of public spaces in core city areas of Indian cities being dominated by presence of vehicles, with least priority for pedestrians. Photo by Francisco Martins/Flickr

Manek Chowk in Ahmedabad is an example of current condition of public spaces in core city areas of Indian cities being dominated by presence of vehicles, with least priority for pedestrians. Photo by Francisco Martins/Flickr

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with World Resources Institute to strategize a framework concerning pedestrianizing the Manek Chowk precinct.  Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is taking up this project of Manek Chowk, as part of improvement of public spaces in Historical Walled City of Ahmedabad. With key support from EMBARQ India, the project will reduce conflict of vehicular traffic with pedestrian, which will enhance the available space for pedestrian movement. And also impact the livabilty index by enriching the human experience in this public space. The project also aims to reduce traffic noise and vehicular emission in the Manek Chowk area.

The central space of Manek Chowk is visited by around 30,000 pedestrian every day. This same space is currently occupied by vehicular parking, haphazard movement and unorganized street vending activities. The project will transform the central space in to exclusive pedestrian zone and as public space for the people. Improved pedestrian infrastructure in Manek Chowk precinct area would provide better walking opportunities for its users. Improvement of public spaces based on road safety objectives and reclaiming space for people can be scaled up across other areas of Ahmedabad and can also be leveraged to improve public spaces in core areas in other cities.

 

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