In a first-ever, SDC Foundation conducted a social audit to evaluate and understand the overall pedestrian experience of the city’s residents. Adopting the Global Walkability Index to measure the Walkability Index of Dehradun, the audit not only recognized critical city walkability concerns but also offered actionable recommendations.
The audit identified 12 primary locations to assess pedestrian infrastructure against nine parameters in four specific areas. These included GMS Road, Jakhan, and Rajpur Road in the Commercial zone; Vasant Vihar, Race Course, and Kanwali Road in the Residential zone; DAV and DBS College, St Joseph’s Academy, and Convent of Jesus and Mary in the Educational zone and Ballupur Chowk, Prince Chowk, and Darshan Lal Chowk in the Transit zone.
The audit and its recommendations provided by SDC Foundation have been handed over to various city authorities and city MLAs. Shreya Bhargava, a student of Master in Urban Design, Ansal University, Gurugram conducted the study on behalf of the SDC Foundation.