Reviving the commerce of Laxmi road in COVID-19 Pandemic

The strict lockdown that was imposed during March 2020 had hit markets across the world, including in Pune's old core city. Laxmi Road, the usually congested market street in the core city area, is a compact space that sees huge congestion of mixed traffic on regular days.This was badly hit due to its compact space constraints during the lockdown period. 

Globally cities found safer unlock solutions from the lockdowns. As the unlock process proceeded, it seemed difficult for this central core-area market street to be allowed to return to its compact, congested earlier form, in the fear of infection spread. There was a need to regulate the high pedestrian footfall here, despite there being a big space constraint. 

We proposed a tactical intervention based on the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India Advisory on COVID-19 for Laxmi Road, that offers safety to both customers and traders. The plan serves to revive commerce on this busy street and offers a safe shopping experience for all visitors.

COVID19 Safety Interventions for Shivaji Nagar PMPML Bus Stop

During the COVID19 pandemic, all the public spaces and services were largely affected by its traumatic lockdown conditions and physical distancing norms in the fear of spread of infection. In the process of unlocking there were challenges to make public spaces and its services safer at its operations with minimizing the spread of infections. We thought of designing some public spaces which are usually bound to attract congestions so that the spread of infections could be controlled.

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