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The current assessment of use of the city by different groups/sectors – while on the one hand should identify current land use – it must also recognise the unequal access that women and other marginalised sections have to the city. Women use and benefit from the city in different ways from men. We want analysis of women’s access/lack of it- to the city as workers, students, and home makers etc. to be incorporated fully in any plan being developed for the city. The issues of mobility are connected to experiences of safety in public spaces and perception of family, neighbourhood and society. It is also connected to the availability of transport and the planning of the city’s public spaces. Women’s inability to deal with violence is connected to the lack of safe spaces in the city which she can avail, like short stay homes and other services in the city. These interconnections must inform the planning process. Inclusion and access to all, including women – who are about half of the city population – has to be incorporated in the vision principles and subsequent plans. This document aims to add to the existing discussion on Development Plan with some concrete suggestions on the vision principles from a gendered perspective.