Location: New Delhi, India
Project Work Status: Competition Projects
Project Completed: 2009
The Ring (T)Rail is a large-scale remodelling of an urban transport corridor in New Delhi. What began as a goods railway line in the mid-1970s was augmented by a parallel track to connect with the existing public bus network. However, the Ring Rail today has lost its relevance within the transport network owing to the rapid sprawl and its resulting lack of connecting modes of transport. The Ring (T)Rail envisions this 35.2 km stretch as a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly corridor encouraging the informal sector of vendors to reclaim and revive the urban street culture of New Delhi. This would allow the street-vendors to form a cooperative which would offer significant benefits such as working space, healthcare and education. Visitors would have the chance to engage with the natural as well as historic environment of the city. They would also be able to communicate with one another through an information cloud powered by collective participation and accessed via cell phones to locate, tag and recommend vendors in the area. This would encourage healthy competition between vendors and enhance the uniquely Indian experience of street-vending for the customers.