Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO -

LUCKNOW: Cy­cle your way to good health, smooth com­mute and a fatter wal­let—is the Sa­ma­jwadi Party gov­ern­ment’s mes­sage to cit­i­zens.

On its part, the gov­ern­ment will paint the state red to de­mar­cate cy­cle tracks, which will hence­forth be part of all de­tailed project re­ports and lay­outs for hi-tech town­ships and other con­struc­tion plans.

Ini­ti­at­ing a mas­sive ef­fort to push the cy­cle in the state, chief sec­re­tary Alok Ran­jan on Fri­day or­dered all prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries, sec­re­taries, di­vi­sional com­mis­sion­ers, dis­trict mag­is­trates and other of­fi­cials con­cerned to de­velop bi­cy­cle-com­pli­ant in­fra­struc­ture and en­cour­age peo­ple to use this mode of trans­port in view of in­creas­ing pol­lu­tion, traf­fic con­ges­tion and fuel costs.

In his or­der, Ran­jan said au­thor­i­ties should en­gage in wide pub­lic­ity of the ben­e­fits of cy­cling through print and elec­tronic me­dia. A pol­icy should be for­mu­lated for de­sign­ing cy­cle-tracks, park­ing spa­ces and sig­nalling sys­tem for smooth traf­fic; be­sides wide cy­cle tracks should be de­vel­oped along the roads to pre­vent ac­ci­dents. SPORTS IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE

Re­view­ing the Ra­jiv Gandhi Khel Ab­hiyan Yo­jana, Ran­jan in­structed of­fi­cials of the youth wel­fare depart­ment to pre­pare a plan for de­vel­op­ing sports in­fra­struc­ture at block level over the next five years. For the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, 98 blocks had been iden­ti­fied, he said.

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