Plans afoot to make it easier to walk in Delhi
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
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
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.
The Uttam Nagar crossing is among the major hubs in Delhi set to benefit from the move.