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Walk or pedal to your office, like Europeans
Honk-free, smoke-free lanes in G’gaon
SANJEEV K. AhujaGurgaon
DUST OFF that bicycle you can't remember when you last rode. Maybe in school.Gurgaon'ites may walk or pedal all the way to their workplaces as commuters do in Switzerland,Denmark, Sweden or, for that matter, Singapore under a plan that will remind today's officer-goers of abygone era when their fathers reached office by bicycle.But it is not nostalgia that's driving the idea for a new transport system in the call centre-skylined townthat would encourage walkers, bicyclists and use of vehicles guzzling electricity or solar power.Rather, the plan hatched from a desire for a transport system that's not dependent on buses,autorickshaws or taxis, pollution-causing vehicles all.If not walk or pedal to their workplaces immediately, officer-goers, call centre workers and otherGurgaon’ites using PVT Paradise, as the new system would be known, can reach the Kapashera busterminus, IFFCO Square, Udyog Vihar and the Metro station at Sector 9, some of the places it would link.The Metro station at Sector 9 opens on March 31.Designed by a firm run by a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) and to be builtin Palam Vihar, the 'honk-free, smokefree' network is one of several being planned in the NCR towns.Depending on the service they opt for: 'regular' or 'premium', Palam Vihar residents would be charged atRs 2.5 per km and Rs 6 per km respectively.There would be separate lanes for cyclists and walkers.Initially alongside cycles, less-polluting and CNG-powered vehicles would run on the network, whicheventually would be replaced by ones driven by electricity and solar energy.A fee would be charged from drivers to let their petrol- or diesel-run vehicles on to the network, but thatwould be an exception rather than the norm."Such systems will be eco-friendly, safe for pedestrians and cyclists, promote use of shared-use-vehicles(SUVs) and act as feeder points for Metro stations," said Chandra Vikash, 34, CEO, TenSystems&Services, a consultancy firm on transport, energy and environment solutions.The firm has already applied for a patent of the module.No buses, autos please ¦ Transport service to be provided only to those residents who would be membersof a society that will run the network. ¦ More such systems to come up in Gurgaon. ¦ Pollution-freetransport networks also planned in all NCR towns in the next 18 months.Off the beaten track A transport network will be built in Gurgaon that will encourage people to reachdestinations like the Kapashera bus terminus, IFFCO Square, Udyog Vihar and the Sector 9 Metro stationby walking, on bicycle or vehicles that do not cause pollution: those fuelled by electricity or solar power.
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