About the City
Nodal Agency : Vadodara Smart City Development Ltd.
Vadodara aims to provide an environment where infants and toddlers grow profoundly, and caregivers can nurture well. They aim to achieve this by safely connecting ECD facilities within the neighbourhood and utilize vacant lots for young children and caregiver-oriented activities.
Vadsar-Kalali-Makarpura neighbourhood lies in the southern part of Vadodara and is a growing residential zone with some parts catering to vulnerable population. It is strategically selected as it is in close proximity of many existing facilities for young children such as anganwadi, schools and health centres and therefore, it presents huge potential for young children and their caregivers to engage in social and recreational activities. It also houses new open spaces such as Museum of trees that are frequented by this population.
The project aims to improve safety in the junction and enhance the entrance of BHS school with safe access and waiting spaces. Junction geometry is being redesigned to ensure pedestrian crossing in all directions and safe refuge spaces for young children with caregivers.
The anganwadi premises below the flyover was long neglected, encroached by parking and the presence of garbage dumps leading to anti-social activities happening at night. The city transformed this underutilized area into a vibrant public space providing a variety of sensory play opportunities and as a flexible space that can host multiple community activities. The 390 sq.m. of reclaimed public space serves around 130 children using the anganwadi and from the surrounding areas.
The anganwadi premises are being improved as an opportunity of safe, stimulating and nature-based playspace for young children. During non-anganwadi hours it will serve as a community space for the low income housing residents.
Young children in dense settlements lack access to play spaces. Ramat Rath, a mobile van with pop up play opportunities was introduced consisting of interactive, playful elements and movable equipment suitable for young children. The mobile van creates a temporary play space of around 140 sq.m. serving around 30 children. It has enabled access to play for young children in informal settlements and vulnerable areas where access to formal public play spaces is not available.