Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in India that serves as the capital of the two neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab. It is bordered by the state of Punjab to the north, the west and the south, and to the state of Haryana to the east. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independent India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design.The master plan of the city was prepared by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, and in an article published by BBC named Chandigarh as one of the perfect cities of the world in terms of architecture, cultural growth and modernisation. The city has one of the highest per capita income in the country. The city was reported to be one of the cleanest in India based on a national government study.
The metropolitan area of Chandigarh is spread over 115sq km distributed in 63 wards and has a population of 1mn. The scope of our project at present covers 20 wards and about 76 percent of the population.
Child friendly Chandigarh is all about:
- making Chandigarh a city that is friendly and inclusive of all children that pays special attention to avoid any kind of exclusion or discrimination in children’s access to rights;
- A city that puts children first where the primary consideration in all actions concerning children, are their best interests;
- A city that seeks to maximize the overall development – Physical, mental, spiritual, psychological, social – of all its children providing optimal conditions for childhood; and
- A city that listens to its children and respects their views, where children can express about all matters affecting them
- A child friendly city is one where children can enjoy their freedom, rights, raise their voices against any form of discrimination, abuse to build up future leaders for society’s betterment and rejuvenation.
- By introducing mentor system and integration of children of different classes child friendly city initiative intends to bridge the gap that is existing between the rich and the poor children.
- By building up with network with the local NGOs who are already working for children.
- To identify child safety nets, child caring institutions at both urban and rural level and collaborate with them.
- By activating the safety nets for children in every locality to provide them safety from any kind of abuse.
- By organizing medical health check-ups for children to provide them basic health amenities in both urban and rural areas of Chandigarh.