Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2017, Volume: 10, Issue: 17, Pages: 1-6
Dharmesh Juremalani1* and Krupesh Chauhan2
1Institute of Architecture and Town Planning, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi – 284128, Uttar Pradesh, India; [email protected] 2Civil Engineering Department, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Surat – 395007, Gujarat, India; [email protected]
*Author for the correspondence:
Institute of Architecture and Town Planning, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi – 284128, Uttar Pradesh, India; [email protected]
This paper intends to study the correlation between urban physical environment and walkability with a view to develop a correlation model between the two which shall help the decision making authorities at local level working for the urban development in their endeavor to encourage walkability in urban pockets through urban design interventions. This paper talks about one of the commercial pockets called “Sayajigunj”. Firstly the physical environment is analyzed like a conventional urban design study and the inferences are enlisted with the help of graphical illustrations and text. A theoretical frame work is prepared to enlist the parameters affecting the walkability of urban pocket based on the Global Walkability Index developed by Holly Virginia Krambeck. AHP method is used for assigning weights and determining scores for the indices and SAW method is used for final decision making. The data was collected using manual method and separate questionnaires were prepared for the experts and respondents respectively. The result is enlisted in a tabular format. The result reveals that the availability of amenities is the most important factor affecting the walkability of an urban pocket. However each criterion plays its role in holistically influencing the walkability.
Keywords: Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) Process
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