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IIT Kharagpur and NIUA Signs MoU for ‘Building Accessible Safe and Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC)’

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IIT Kharagpur and NIUA collaborate to Build Accessible, Safe and Inclusive Indian CitiesOn February 3, 2021 Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) for ‘Building Accessible Safe and Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC).

Aim: To develop a framework for universal city planning for accessible, safe and inclusive cities in India to benefit all sections of the society including the disabled and elderly persons.

About the Framework


IIT Kharagpur will propose a framework after reviewing  various acts, guidelines and design standards in the related field and studying global best practices and international standards.


The framework includes sections on the following:

  • Infrastructure, amenities and services including water, electricity, sanitation and solid waste
  • Outdoor environment
  • Livelihood
  • Urban mobility and public transport
  • IT connectivity, digitalization and citizen’s participation
  • Tourism and recreation.


All people including  people with disabilities, the elderly and parents with children can have access to the built environment, transport, services and urban amenities including recreation.

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Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Madras has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Rajasthan government to help the state to implement a structured framework for a data-driven systems approach to road safety.

About  Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur:
Headquarters– Kharagpur, West Bengal
Director– Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari

About National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA):

Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
Vice President– Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary & Mission Director(Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India