CFSC Centre, Bhubaneswar

The first Child Friendly Smart Cities (CFSC) Center was launched in Bhubaneswar on 4 March 2016. The CFSC Centre at Bhubaneswar will be an extension of the Child-Friendly Smart City Hub (CFSC Hub) that has been created at the NIUA in New Delhi and will supplement the capabilities of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). The CFSC Centre will assist the city of Bhubaneswar in realizing its vision of becoming India's first child friendly smart city under the smart cities initiative and help address the various issues emerging out of rapid urbanization.

The CFSC centre, Bhubaneswar is set up to develop knowledge driven, effective planning frameworks that include children's perspective and encourages their participation to create vibrant urban neighbourhoods. It will act as an urban planning and design support unit focusing on outcomes related to children in particular and on developing child and family-friendly smart city strategy and will focus on four key strategies: Capacity Building of multiple stakeholders, advocating and influencing Policy Change, developing Child Friendly Design and Infrastructure, and Communication, Knowledge Sharing and Learning.

The Launch Event received wide media publicity and was well attended with representatives from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the BDA, NIUA, Humara Bachpan Campaign, urban planners and architects.

A panel discussion on ‘Urbanism and transforming Bhubaneswar into a child-friendly Smart City’ was also organized as part of the Launch. The panelists included eminent architects and urban designers, Prof. AB Lall and Prof. KT Ravindran. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi.