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IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The project aims towards ‘Building Accessible Safe and Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC).

This collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs will help in developing a framework work the planning of cities. It will be enabled with age-friendly and disabled-friendly measures. These measures will be made more accessible and inclusive for all sections of society.

The Director, Prof. Virendra K Tewari of IIT Kharagpur said that India has a population growth rate of 1 % as of 2019. Such a growth rate demands the building of housing and urban planning in India. He added that its necessary to employ a more inclusive approach to achieve the goal and make novel designs, guidelines, and framework for that. Further, it will cover cities with larger demographics and people with different needs.

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The department of Architecture and Regional Planning at the IIT Kharagpur is collaborating with NIUA to fulfill the objectives and meet the comprehensive goals of sustainable development. According to the NIRF rankings, the department is the finest in its field.

The Urban and Regional Development Plan Formulation and implementation guidelines of the NIUA will work on the emerging aspects like inclusive planning, land and transport integration at the planning level, disaster management concepts, sustainable habitat, and also governance reforms. However, there remains a lack of universal design principles.

Professor Subrata Chattopadhyay from the department of Architecture and Regional Planning at IIT Kharagpur said that IIT Kharagpur will introduce an outline for universal cities which will ensure that everyone can contribute and participate in the society to build transport services, urban amenities, etc. He stressed to make travel chains accessible and safe for all so that independent movement takes place comfortably.

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The proposed outline will include the following sections:

1. Livelihood
2. Tourism and recreation
3. Outdoor environment
4. IT connectivity, digitization, and citizens participation
5. Services like water, sanitation, electricity, sanitation, and solid waste and infrastructure
6. Urban mobility and public transport

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