With the national government formally adopting the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors in 2009, street vendors and other members of the street based informal economy have become important stakeholders in urban mobility policy.
The manner in which the city has grown the development of other transport networks and numerous systematic issues have left the Ring Rail urban transport network grossly underutilized. In fact, the city has slowly turned its back on the Ring Rail and it has become a forgotten asset that is hidden from view except for an occasional glimpse from an overpass.
This project revisits the Ring Rail to investigate its value as an urban space for Delhi and its potential to make Delhi more inclusive. This project imagines the Ring beyond the Rail. It puts forth the idea of creating a contiguous belt that is human powered. It further envisions a precinct that is pedestrianised, cycle friendly and abuzz with human activities that are rapidly losing their legitimate place in the city. The Ring rail project aims to make the site that one of digital information cloud powered by collective participation and accessed through the simplest mobile device which would turn it into a zone that is not only close to the city’s centre but potentially be close to its heart.