Cities like Mumbai are undergoing significant changes. Mumbai's decision-making authorities are modifying Mumbai City to improve the locality’s quality. After successful testing outside one of the private schools in Byculla (Mumbai), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has opted to roll out its idea of a "Tactical Urbanism" programme across Mumbai city. Under this programme, schools and other universities will become more student-friendly by establishing walkable streets and sidewalks around their campuses.
Tactical urbanism projects include initiatives such as cooperating with urban designers on designs, encouraging students and walkers to walk to school, and allocating dedicated parking facilities for all the students.
The concept was started by Aditya Thackeray, the Guardian Minister of Suburbs. He began expending money from his District Planning and Development Council funding. A four-kilometre length of the Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road has been approved for tactical urbanism. This will also apply to the areas nearby the Mumbai metro station. He has allocated 15–20% of DPDC resources to this cause and he is the concerned member who is responsible for this ideation in public development. He is also using this fund to build amusement parks for the public.
"The major aim is to provide a good, secure, and stable environment for students and other school and university faculties.", said a statement by Municipal Commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal.
According to Vivek Pai, an urban mobility specialist, tactical urbanism is necessary since it focuses on the people.
The BMC Budget 2022-23 has reserved Rs 50 crore for the Tactical Urbanism project – Safe Schools. Mr. Kiran Dighavkar, the Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G-North ward and also one of the members of the planning department in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, revealed how tactical urbanism goes beyond simply an enhancing project during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The BMC has declared plans to create a web-based domain on the BMC website where city planners and designers may submit their views. So, with the proper intention and planning, the project can be started as soon as possible. This project is being implemented to improve public space and minimise traffic.
For instance, if a group of students from a school wants to cross the road, they should be able to do it without any kind of difficulties. The main goal is to keep students safer and more secure from the incidents that happen while crossing the roads. This project will start with the public schools. These students must crossroads and maybe catch a bus on the major route. Private schools have their own buses that drop off students at their homes. Following BMC schools, the focus will shift to government-run schools and other private organizations. The goal is to safeguard and encourage school-aged children, and these are modest initiatives that have caught the public's attention.
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