Big Mistake: New flyovers planned but lack proper pedestrian walkways

By Vipin Agnihotri

No doubt, state of the art expressways and flyovers have make metros of India sophisticated in nature but the absence of proper pedestrian facility takes away the sheen from them. In my opinion, the problem is grave and needs immediate planning. It has come into the notice of The India Street that in order to improve the transport system the Indian government has planned plenty of routines. Integrated multimodal transport system, will play a prominent part in offering an effective public transport service and hopefully will reduce private vehicles. If government sources are to be believed, five new metro corridors are planned in addition to the High Capacity Bus Corridor System, elevated light rail transit system and an integrated rail bus terminal. All in all, the main focus is on the development of more roads and more effective mass transportation. Though, there is no emphasis on the common man- the pedestrian- and his requirement for safe problem free movement space. There is no doubt in my mind that with steady increase in the numbers of cars and footpaths, pedestrian space in the cities like Delhi and Mumbai has become increasingly marginalized. It is worth mentioning in this regard that in the layout of residential colonies all Indian roads were planned with a pedestrian footpath on either side. In other word, the footpath was meant to be a place for the common man to walk upon and did not belong to the owner of plots adjoining the access road. But in large chunk of areas the common man right of access to the footpath is not respected. As a matter of fact, plenty of plot owners have sough to beautify the area by making a private fenced garden. “In all new development the system of planning presently being followed, revolves around the requirement of vehicular traffic,” pointed out 78-year-old Radhey Lal. Theoretically speaking, roads have been widened in India and flyovers have been built in all the major cities of the country without offering safe and convenient facilities for pedestrian to cross over. The requirement for adequate pedestrian space is an absolute

must especially in places where large number of people gets together such as in neighbourhood markets and shopping centres. Unfortunately, here also, the focus seems to be on providing for the movement of vehicles and the parking of cars. Shoppers dodge their way around moving cars, scooters and motorcycles and accidents are frequent and common. Despite this traders have continued to resist the pedestrianisation of shopping streets fearing loss of business. Examples of shopping areas in Delhi that urgently need to be converted to pedestrianonly status includes Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh, Central Market in Lajpat Nagar, Khan Market, Defence Colony Market and Malviya Nagar. Suggested Reading: Suggested Reading

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