Based on the focus of the project, as well as taking strong urban and peri-urban linkages into consideration, the following topics have been selected for capacity building: (a) Climate change: mitigation and adaptation strategies for Greater Hyderabad; (b) Regulatory reforms and governance; (c) Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM); (d) Sustainable transport; (e) Energy efficiency with regard to water, housing, transport, cooking; (f) Sustainable food and nutrition; (g) Pollution abatement; (h) Water management; (i) Waste management; (j) Health; (k) Consumer cooperation.
Capacity Building Activities
Walkable Hyderabad Initiative
Walkable Hyderabad is a key activity that will take place within the Germany and Indian Year. Walkable Hyderabad integrates many previous research activities and practical experiences within the local situation. Problems related to pedestrian infrastructure and lack of safety have been mentioned quite frequently in interviews, workshops and in the online discussion forum. In general, it can be said that there is a lack of space for pedestrians to walk freely and safely. Walkable Hyderabad Initiative aims to:
- analyze and present the perspectives of individual citizens, taxi and rickshaw drivers, street vendors and traffic policemen on the transport system;
- map the relevant actors in the eld, especially of the civil society sector, on the one hand, and responsibilities for planning and infrastructure on the other;
- include the perspectives of civil society groups, practitioners and academia in planning and management of the transport system;
- investigate the solutions proposed by experts to make Hyderabad a Walkable City; and
- to raise awareness regarding the declining options for non-motorized transport, especially
walking and cycling.
There is a core team interested in continuation of the Walkable Hyderabad Initiative: 1. Sustainable Hyderabad Project (NEXUS/PTV), 2. Prof. G. Nest (Habitat Forum Berlin, TU Berlin), 3. Ms. Amita Desai (Goethe Center Hyderabad), 4. Mr. Shankar Narayan (Architect, Hyderabad), 5. Prof. Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) Hyderabad), 6. Prof. Prasad (NIT Warangal), 7. Authorities: Tourism Department, Transport Commissioner, 8. Hyderabad Architecture Foundation (HAF) is also interested in the Initiative.
In several meetings the team agreed that the topic should be pursued along multiple paths:
- Educational and Capacity Building (long-term): An important pillar of the whole concept should be an Indo-German student exchange program. There is a running program between TU Berlin (G. Nest) and Mysore University (September to February 2012); some students will visit Hyderabad (e.g. for a Master's thesis). A group of JNAFAU students will in return come to Berlin (TU/HU/NEXUS/PTV).
- Building networks: between the users of the streets and sidewalks, city administration, planning and researchers in order to develop and publish a handbook with "Walking Guidelines" for the city.
- Public events: An initial idea is to organize a cultural street event ("Street Culture") during the Dussehra Festival (October 2012) including an exhibition, a street dance festival, films and animations. This public event will be organized within the framework of the German Year in India (September 2011 until November 2012), as Goethe Centre is partner of Walkable Hyderabad and organizer of the activities in Hyderabad.