All roads CSE au­dited were poor

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Delhi-based non-profit Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE) re­cently au­dited roads in the na­tional cap­i­tal that are most dan­ger­ous to pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. The re­searchers se­lected a to­tal of 27 km of accident-prone roads on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mathura Road, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Vikas Marg and Noida Link Road and as­sessed them on the ba­sis of their en­gi­neer­ing and user­friendly de­sign.

CSE found that all the roads au­dited scored from poor to very poor. Only 55 per cent of the roads have foot­paths; they are con­structed much higher than the stan­dard 150 mm on all lo­ca­tions ex­cept for some ar­eas in Vikas Marg. So bus users pre­fer to come down on the road and climb the ve­hi­cle. Many bus stops are con­structed on the foot­path it­self. Cy­cle tracks ex­ist on only 10 per cent of the roads.

All the roads sur­veyed have been ranked poor on the en­vi­ron­men­tal front, ameni­ties and aes­thet­ics. Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Noida Link Road and Vikas Marg have only a hand­ful of public toi­lets. Th­ese, too, ei­ther re­main locked or are badly main­tained. Be­sides, the roads can be­come a chal­lenge to ne­go­ti­ate for the dif­fer­ently-abled peo­ple.

Kailash Jha of Pur­nia, Bi­har, in­jured his spine in a road accident and is bed-rid­den. He has to live in the wait­ing room out­side AIIMS trauma cen­tre with his fam­ily each time he comes to Delhi for treat­ment

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