Coronavirus recovery plan: What is ’15-minute city’ concept? | India News

NEW DELHI: A coalition of 96 mayors/elected city representative, known as C40 cities, pitched for implementation of a ‘15-minute city‘ concept as part of a large Covid-19 economic recovery plan.
A 15-minute-city, also known as complete neighbourhoods, would aim to create infrastructure in such a way that all city residents are able to meet most of their needs within a short walk or bicycle ride from their homes.
The new city will have all basic amenities such as amenities, such as healthcare, schools, parks, food outlets and restaurants, essential retail and offices within a 15-minute distance. It will also aim to digitise some of its services.
The C40 group said that in order to achieve this effort must be made to create a regulatory environment that encourages inclusive zoning, mixed-use development and flexible buildings and spaces.
The list of the C40 Cities includes five Indian cities Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.
The group of cities represents over 700 million people, one quarter of the global economy and also includes Hong Kong, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Paris, Melbourne, Medellin, Milan, Montreal, New Orleans, Rotterdam, Seattle and Seoul.
Two C40 cities, Paris and Milan, have already adopted the concept of ’15-minute city’ as a framework for recovery.
The cities would aim to give “streets back to people”, by permanently reallocating more road space to walking and cycling, investing in city-wide walking and cycling networks and green infrastructure.
The mayor of the French capital Paris, Anne Hidalgo, was one of the firsts to introduce the concept of “15-minute cities”.
Breaking away from traditional modern urbanism, the mayor said that the idea of the 15-minute city is mixed-use, with employment, commercial, social and cultural activities all existing in close proximity to housing.
These cities would not only help counter the impact of the ongoing pandemic but will also prove to be a defence against the impact of climate change by reducing air pollution.
These cities would also help people live a better quality of life by cutting down their commute time.
Keeping in line with her vision, Hidalgo announced a permanent pedestrianisation of Seine riverfront. The aim was to extend the concept to other parts of the city making them car-free.
The proponents of the city argue that the traditional urban design of people commuting to a city centre from a distance will soon become outdated in a post-car city.

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