New Settlements

Development around new stations will follow a similar pattern, but because the developments are built from scratch it will be easy to ensure a Green Web permeates the whole of these new green towns. The pedshed principles require green wedges between the urban villages to be incorporated in new settlements and created where possible in existing ones.

These wedges can be used to store and move away stormwater. Open cisterns to collect monsoon rains can be surrounded by trees and used to farm fish, which eat mosquito larvae and minimise public health risks.

The experience of both walking and cycling within the pedsheds will be greatly enhanced by trees and protected walkways. These will generate electricity from PV panels for night streetlighting while providing daytime shade from the sun, and in monsoon periods, dry passage.

The typologies of family housing will vary, but generally terraced houses with sun shaded private courtyards for cooking, and communal courtyards for kitchen gardens, offer the best means of providing suitable densities.

Sanitation for all can be built in from the outset, although it may not be western waterbourne systems due to the water shortages. Instead composting or ‘worm farm’ toilets may be more applicable, as they provide safe fertiliser for local use.

In many of the areas where the potential pedsheds are located the three landowners are: Indian Railways, the City or District and private landowners. Pooling the land would enable all parties to participate in the uplift in value, but requires a redistribution of plot ownership. Collectively the land is worth more than in independent units, so all parties emerge from the pooling with assets that are worth more than their initial value and the community also benefits.

Development pedshed 006 Aerial view of Existing.

A typical pedshed around a new station. The flood areas will be incorporated as blue/green wedges in the new settlement

Similar diagram showing private communal courtyards within housing blocks. The layout proposed is diagramatic only. Real-life villages will follow the general guidelines but accord with local circumstances, traditions and wishes.

Notional terraced house showing relationship between green web shared space street and semi private communal areas to the rear

Diagram of ConnectedVillage showing its relationship to the pedshed core and the green grid of shared surface circulation with trees and protected walkways. The green wedges between villages can be used for storage of monsoon waters.