13 June 2020, Urban Mobility Post Lock-down


JGBS Pandemic Lecture Series Lecture 8

Friday, June 13, 2020, 6:30PM (New Delhi
Urban Mobility Post Lock-down

Ms. Sarika Chakravarty
Architect-Urban Planner
National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)


The present pandemic has forced us to reconsider planning paradigms that have been widely accepted till date – high density compact development with stress on resource sharing. With social distancing being the ‘new normal’, there is fear and anxiety in the minds of populace using mass transit – a mode synonymous with crowding. This will impact how people choose to travel, with many considering purchase of private vehicles for commuting safely. The presentation will focus on the changes anticipated in modal choices of people and how this pandemic can be used as an opportunity to propagate walking and cycling as the preferred mode of transport, and thereby induce an element of sustainability in the post-COVID mobility scenario.


Sarika Chakravarty has nearly two decades of cross-sectoral experience in urban, infrastructure and transportation planning works. Currently she is working as a Sector Coordinator for the Master Plan for Delhi – 2041 project at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) which is widely regarded as the think tank for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India. She has recently led a team of planners to develop a baseline for the transport, housing and land in Delhi. The baseline has provided vital information for developing specific strategies for the Master Plan for Delhi – 2041.

Previously, Sarika has been part of organisations like UNICEF and NCRPB, and has worked on various projects funded by multilateral agencies like the World Bank, JICA, etc. Her transportation planning experience includes metro station design, demand generation studies, transit oriented development plans, mobility plans and corridor improvement plans. Some of her noteworthy project experiences are Planning and Design of Kolkata East-West Metro Corridor, Comprehensive Mobility Plans for Kolkata Metropolitan Development Area & Siliguri-Jalpaiguri Development Area, etc. To her credit are also preparation of the Master Plan for Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration and conducting feasibility studies for establishing waste management systems for the Govt. of Kenya.

Moderated by: Dr. Chitresh Kumar, Associate professor, Jindal Global Business School