Published On : Sun, Sep 9th, 2018

Maharashtra to develop 10,000 km of corridors for pedestrians, cyclists

CM Devndra Fadnavis

New Delhi: Maharashtra will undertake a massive programme to develop about 10,000 km of corridors for non- motorised transport (NMT), which includes pedestrian paths, cycle tracks and regional roads for bicycles, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday. Addressing the ‘Global Move’ Summit, the CM said, “In our new policy, we have decided to create 10,000 km of various corridors for non-motorised and safe transport system of which 6,000 km will be pedestrian pathways, 3,000km of urban cycle-tracks and another 1,000 km for regional roads for NMT such as bicycles.”

Fadnavis said there is a need to acknowledge those who use the non-polluting mode of transport as they help in conserving ecology. This is being touted as the biggest integrated programme to develop the “cleanest and healthiest” mode of transport in India. “The visionary move must be supplemented with adequate eco-system to ensure that the designated tracks are maintained and used exclusively by the specified user groups. It is a great beginning and we expect other states and cities to execute similar programmes,” said K K Kapila of International Road Federation.

The Maharashtra government’s announcement comes days after a new report from World Health Organisation warned that at least 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at risk for chronic diseases because of their low levels of physical activity, especially in urban areas.

On Thursday, Pankaj Munjal of Hero Cycles highlighted the need to create better infrastructure for cycling across urban areas, citing how those owning cars have treadmills and cycles at home for exercises. “We need to connect people, give them accessibility and all types of choices for transportation of people and not vehicles,” Fadnavis said. Earlier in the day, Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri said how one of the components of the ambitious Smart City programme is to develop cycle-tracks and pedestrian paths for sustainable mobility and to reduce carbon footprint.