Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, IChangeMyCity and Civis conducted a public consultation in Gurugram on October 26, 2018. The aim was to involve citizens in policy formation and understand citizen's priorities for the future of Gurugram. Discussions were conducted on liveability metrics for the city, in addition citizens were provided with an accessible summary of the Gurugram Metropolitan Authority Act 2017, to better understand the powers and purview of the Authority.
Dehradun Smart City Limited Stakeholder Meet: - The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the Dehradun Smart City hosted its first stakeholder meet on October 12, 2018. The purpose was to introduce the various components of the smart city to the stakeholders engaged in the development of the smart city of Dehradun. The founder chairperson of Gati Foundation was invited as a session expert. He elaborated on the blueprint for a sustainability driven city.
Gati Foundation at Sustainable Mountain Development Summit at Solan: - The Founder Chairperson of Gati was invited to the seventh Sustainable Mountain Development Summit hosted by the Integrated Mountain Initiative in Solan, Himachal Pradesh from October 3-5, 2018. With its theme on mountain farming, this year's Summit was centered on the challenges being faced by the farming community in the mountains. A battery of experts and success stories shared ideas and their own experiences.
Studying the Role of Media in reporting road accidents in Uttarakhand: - Road accidents are a major cause of human death in the Himalayan Uttarakhand. Gati Foundation undertook a study to analyze major accidents taking place in the state with the help of media reportage. As a result of which Gati has prepared a project report of more than 240 pages with analysis of 100 road accidents that have taken place in Uttarakhand from April to December 2017. Gati stands with the government and community in coming up with suitable policy and on ground interventions for combating the rapidly increasing rate of road accidents in Uttarakhand.
Legal Opinion on Sustainable Trekking: - Gati Foundation submitted a legal opinion on sustainable trekking in Uttarakhand in the light of the recent blanket ban on trekking imposed by the Hon'ble High Court of Uttarakhand. The draft was shared with Mr. Jai Raj, PCCF - Uttarakhand Forest Department, Govt. of Uttarakhand. The draft focused on construing a balance between environmental regulation and trekking activities in the Himalayan state.
Civic Innovation Foundation launched its web platform 'Civis' on 3rd September 2018. This platform furthers the Foundation's work of enabling greater civic engagement and participation in India. Civis is India's first platform that enables citizens to understand legislation and share their feedback on laws and policy decisions; while providing an avenue for the Government to understand citizen's priorities and gather feedback on policies in real time. The web platform can be visited at: www.civis.vote
In a first-ever, Dehradun-based think tank Gati Foundation conducted a walkability study "How Walkable is Dehradun?" to understand the overall pedestrian experience of the city's residents. Adopting the Global Walkability Index to measure the Walkability Index of Dehradun, the study not only recognizes critical city walkability concerns but also offers actionable recommendations. In terms of walkability standards, the respondents graded the pedestrian infrastructure as "bad" or "very bad" and said there was an urgent need for improvement. Their recommendations included ease of access to people with special needs, improved street lighting, wider and clean level footpaths, reduced and slow traffic on streets, and removal of obstacles from footpaths. The Walkability Survey has been handed over to various city authorities and city MLAs.
Dainik Jagran is one of the most circulated and widely read Hindi daily in Northern India. It recently initiated a campaign named "My City My Pride" in ten different cities of India, including Dehradun. The campaign is based on three major components: awareness, participation and action. The campaign identified five areas for intervention: economy, education, health, infrastructure, and security. Gati Foundation will work with Dainik Jagran as partners for Infrastructure domain. The collaboration focusses on implementing creative and innovative models for sustainable development of the city. Dainik Jagran and Gati will work together on matters like plastic pollution, sanitation and hygiene. PSUs, Government Departments, Companies and Elected Representatives like MLAs will also be engaged in this activity. Gati Foundation has submitted the proposal for making three schools of city plastic free and carry out detailed social audits of public toilets of Dehradun.
Gati Foundation's Founder Chairperson Shri Anoop Nautiyal was invited as the Chief Guest on 5 September 2018 by CSIR-IIP, a central govt. Institute which was recently credited for creating India's first biofuel test flight. Mr. Anoop talked about plastic waste management in Uttarakhand and the legal principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The talk was being organized on the special occasion of Himalaya Diwas which is celebrated in 12 Himalayan states of India. The institute has recognized the work being carried out by the foundation in the field of environmental policy and regulation and that is why we are proud to be a part of such respected and eminent scientific forum.
Gati Foundation was invited to speak to the postgraduate students at TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. It was a pleasure to interact with one of the premiere sustainability and environmentally driven academic institutions in India. We have discussed the possibilities for TERI students to come and work on Uttarakhand and mountain centric issues from beginning next year.