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Virtual Workshop on A Road Towards Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : SwitchON Foundation conducted a multi-stakeholder virtual workshop on the topic - A Road Towards Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility. A high-level panel discussion was also organized as a part of the virtual event. The webinar was organised with an objective to raise awareness on the critical role of sustainable mobility & clean transportation as an apparatus for cleaner air, reducing congestion, improving safety and a more inclusive model of transport in the city. Particularly given that there is an urgent need to realign planning priorities and pay special attention to Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) as an integral part of the overall mobility and transport for the City. The virtual event was attended by distinguished urban planners, urban designers, sustainable mobility experts, environmentalists, campaigners, researchers and members of the civil society organisation from across the country. Who was highlighting the urgent need for defining clear goals to enhance cooperation between policymakers, urban planners and final beneficiaries? Rajanvir Singh Kapur, IAS, Managing Director of WBTC, expressed that he loves walking and cycling but in Kolkata, these are mostly done by commuters due to their economic constraints. A social change needs to come where people pick up these activities out of concern for the environment and pleasure instead of only compulsion. In Europe some streets are exclusively reserved for NMT and cars are banned there, such initiatives should be taken up in Kolkata as well. According to Vinay Jaju Founder SwitchON, an NMT based infrastructure can play an important role in reducing air pollution and the adverse health effects of pollution. The need of the hour is to develop a comprehensive mobility plan for the cities with a priority on developing an NMT master plan. Other speakers like Sanjay Sridhar, Dr Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Pradeep Kakkar, Satanjib Gupta also expressed their views. During the event a task of creating a framework of Youth Charter was also announced, the charter is expected to be ratified by those present during the webinar and would be further by a list of other important individuals and organisations. The charter would be built on a vision to make Kolkata one of the most liveable cities for its citizens by 2030. 

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Report : Anustup Kundu