Naya Raipur, Chhatisgarh

Location: Naya Raipur
Area: 19768 Acres
Status: Report submitted in 2009, implementation ongoing

Naya Raipur, the new planned capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh, is the 6th capital city to be planned and designed for an Indian state. From the onset, Naya Raipur had been planned as a medium-density, mid-rise, walk-able city with a strong public transportation network.

The role of landscape was to create human-scaled, experientially rich public spaces not only in the monumental core but also across the city in all its neighbourhoods, to reinforce the identity of the region in all aspects of city design, and to give form, shape and texture to the city and enhance the symbolic meaning of the new capital of Chhattisgarh.

The urban design and landscape vision for the city worked within the framework of strong spacial ordering and strengthened the axial planning by better shaping the NS and EW axis with two visual axes created as greenway systems within the city, accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

A major strategy of placing important buildings axially at the end of the grand visual corridors makes the city more meaningful by providing points of reference to citizens which aid the process of way finding in any city. The movement experience through the open spaces of the city is designed to provide a citywide continuous pedestrian and cyclist oriented movement system thus paving way for safe and green routes that link bigger open spaces to smaller ones, and interconnect across the length and breadth of the city.

The monumental core of the city of Naya Raipur, comprising of the Capitol Complex and its components, the Crescent Plaza and the Central Verge, structures a democratic landscape.