The Quantified Cities Movement (QCM), pioneered and owned by the Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune, aims to improve urban planning and create resilient cities by building transparency and accountability through facilitating all citizens to participate in the process of decision making at the local level. This process will target achieving the goal of sustainable urban development by promoting resilience activities and increasing local level understanding of urban stresses and disaster risk through the prism of urban planning with a focus on participation of all citizens.
By engaging citizens in data collection for neighborhood-level stress and risk identification in order to facilitate best practices in urban policy and planning, we improve participation and increase the availability of evidence in turn improving the Urban policy and planning process. This process empowers all citizens to collect data – analyze data – map stresses that are identified through comparison with legislated quality standards and suggest solutions. The endeavor will result in the creation of electoral ward level disaster risk reports as well as ward level environmental status reports that will be used to identify local area risks and stresses respectively.
The Movement is initiated in Pune city through support of the stakeholders across the city. The PMC has already included the Quantified Cities Movement as one of the 15 proposed smart cities initiatives for Pune City thus lending their full support to the same. Adv. Vandana Chavan who is a Member of Parliament has tendered her support for the project as well. Considering these facts, the QCM is poised to improve the quality of life for all citizens in Pune city.
The reports will be submitted to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), elected representatives and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in order to formulate evidence-based, decentralized participatory local area plans. This is a platform built for all citizens to take part in recreating the city towards a better future.
QCM will help us address various issues in environmental conservation, urban planning, child protection, disaster risk reduction, improving safety for citizens with disabilities and other health and well-being issues faced by the citizens of Pune city.
I feel that the QCM will go a long way in building a culture of making contextually appropriate decisions which would be supported by availability of unbiased data and evidence. It will hep include objectivity in the decision making process and harmonise the process of governance.
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