At a time when physical distancing and opting for non-motorable transport (NMT) is largely becoming the norm, it is time that cities in India go back and revisit their urban planning rulebooks which propagated pedestrian oriented and walkability enhanced planning of city cores.
‘The 15-minute city’ has become a buzz word in urban planning domain since the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo made it her re-election agenda. An innovative idea, aimed at establishing hyper proximity infrastructure — this concept is not new on the urbanism contours, specifically in the Indian context. But in order to transcend the Indian cities into resilient ones, inducing walkability and accessibility in the planning process at the micro level such as wards and neighbourhoods becomes vital.