Plans afoot to make it eas­ier to walk in Delhi

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Sweta Goswami [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 6 RE­LATED RE­PORT P2

NEW DELHI: Mul­ti­ple agen­cies in the na­tional cap­i­tal have come to­gether for the first time to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive “walk­a­bil­ity plan” that will start with re­mod­elling 19 key lo­ca­tions to make the city safer and more ac­ces­si­ble for pedes­tri­ans.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior of­fi­cials and gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments ac­cessed by Hin­dus­tan Times, the changes in­clude re­designed pedes­trian cross­ings, open ca­bles moved un­der­ground, street fur­ni­ture, trees planted to pro­vide shade, pel­i­can lights, and gaps fixed in ex­ist­ing foot­paths along with the con­struc­tion of new ones.

Some ar­eas will also be des­ig­nated as non-mo­torised trans­port (NMT) lanes on the lines of the Chandni Chowk re­de­vel­op­ment project.

Delhi’s first “guide­lines for walk­a­bil­ity” are be­ing pre­pared by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ur­ban Af­fairs (NIUA) and will be ready “soon”, ac­cord­ing to Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (DDA) vice chair­man Tarun Kapoor. The DDA is the main land-own­ing agency in the Cap­i­tal and has pow­ers to is­sue poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and mo­bil­ity.

The other agen­cies in­volved in the plan are the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions (MCDS), the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Num­ber of peo­ple who died in road ac­ci­dents in 2017. At least 44% of these were pedes­tri­ans Num­ber of hubs in Delhi to be re­mod­elled as part of ‘Guide­lines for Walk­a­bil­ity in Delhi’ (NDMC), the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD) and trans­port depart­ment, the Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) and the Uni­fied Traf­fic Trans­porta­tion In­fra­struc­ture (Plan­ning and En­gi­neer­ing) Cen­tre (UTTIPEC), and the Delhi traf­fic po­lice, mak­ing it the most com­pre­hen­sive project to pro­mote walk­ing in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 study by the Delhi Traf­fic po­lice, out of the 1,582 fa­tal ac­ci­dents in which 1,622 peo­ple were killed, the num­ber of pedes­trian fa­tal­i­ties ITO

North and South cam­puses of DU Ut­tam Na­gar cross­ing The three in­ter-state bus ter­mi­nals

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Hauz KHAZ-IIT stretch Ad­h­chini on Aurobindo Marg was 684.

The 19 ar­eas se­lected to kick­start the project are ITO, North and South cam­puses of Delhi Univer­sity, Ut­tam Na­gar cross­ing, the three in­ter-state bus ter­mi­nals, INA, Hauz KHAZ-IIT, Ad­h­chini on Aurobindo Marg, Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place, Karol Bagh, the SaketMalviya Na­gar stretch, La­j­pat Na­gar, Laxmi Na­gar, Dwarka Sec­tor 21, and the Old Delhi and New Delhi rail­way sta­tions.

“An im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion was needed to bet­ter the ex­pe­ri­ence of pedes­tri­ans in the city. Nehru Place

Bhikaji Cama Place Karol Bagh Saket-malviya Na­gar stretch

La­j­pat Na­gar

Laxmi Na­gar

Dwarka Sec­tor 21

Old Delhi and New Delhi rail­way sta­tions

Ac­cord­ingly, DDA took a meet­ing of all agen­cies last De­cem­ber 20 and it was de­cided that ‘walk­a­bil­ity plans’ will be cre­ated and ex­e­cuted in 17 ar­eas as a pi­lot project,” Kapoor said.

A UTTIPEC of­fi­cial, who asked not to be named, said the agency has been asked to pre­pare the “walk­a­bil­ity plans” and that one of the first ar­eas of fo­cus is en­sur­ing all foot­paths are six inches above the road level with ramps for easy ac­cess for the dif­fer­ently abled. Emer­gency ser­vices at the Saf­dar­jung Hos­pi­tal were hit after res­i­dent doc­tors at the Saf­dar­jung Hos­pi­tal went on strike on Sun­day fol­low­ing the as­sault.

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The Ut­tam Na­gar cross­ing is among the ma­jor hubs in Delhi set to ben­e­fit from the move.

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