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Wider footpaths, more trees as Kejriwal calls for roads revamp

By: The Press Reporter News Service | New Delhi |

Up to date: July 29, 2020 2:16:51 am

Underneath the brand new undertaking, the precedence can be eradicating bottlenecks for a clean move of visitors and an organised lane system, an official mentioned.

Footpaths which can be 10 ft broad and have devoted areas for timber, deliberate areas for automobiles and rickshaws, and rainwater harvesting methods constructed into the drainage system alongside roads — if all goes to plan, that is what 500 kilometres of arterial roads in Delhi will seem like within the coming years.

The town has been taking a look at redesigning roads to make them extra pedestrian-friendly in addition to eradicating bottlenecks that hamper the motion of visitors for the previous a number of years.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Public Works Division officers and requested them to organize a listing of roads, all 100 ft broad, to be “redesigned as per worldwide requirements and alongside the strains of the newly redesigned Chandni Chowk predominant highway”.

Whereas the Chandni Chowk redevelopment made a 1.three kilometre stretch automobile free, the weather used to make it extra pedestrian pleasant, akin to locations to take a seat, broad walkways and shrubs and timber, can be included within the highway design.

Final yr, the federal government introduced the same undertaking for 9 highway stretches. This was later lower all the way down to seven and the primary two stretches to be undertaken have been AIIMS and Ashram. Work was speculated to be full by the top of this yr however the CM Tuesday mentioned that the deadline has been prolonged until August 2021 due to Covid.

PWD has to offer a listing of the totally different stretches in three weeks. Officers mentioned that the undertaking can be undertaken in a Construct-Function-Switch mannequin, the place the agency that builds or redesigns the highway can be requested to take care of it for 15 years. At current, roads are handed over to PWD and municipal companies after they’re constructed, for upkeep.

Consultants say that poor highway design is answerable for visitors jams and lots of accidents on Delhi’s roads.

Underneath the brand new undertaking, the precedence can be eradicating bottlenecks for a clean move of visitors and an organised lane system, official mentioned.

“There can be measured and deliberate areas for automobiles, non-motorised automobiles, footpaths, and side-lanes. The footpaths can be broadly mapped to a median of 10 ft for the comfort of pedestrians. These footpaths can be redesigned and reconstructed as per a typical top for the comfort of in another way abled,” the Delhi authorities mentioned in an official assertion.

Officers additionally mentioned that every one surfaces can be both paved or timber and shrubs can be planted on them to scale back mud. In line with the one supply apportionment examine commissioned by the federal government, to IIT Kanpur, highway mud is among the many major sources of air pollution within the metropolis, particularly throughout winters.

“Not even an inch of the floor of any highway or roadside can be left uncovered as a way to be certain that there isn’t a mud on the roads. Satisfactory grasses and shrubs can be planted on all surfaces to make sure mud management,” the assertion mentioned.

The plan

Parking for rickshaws

Particular parking house

Inexperienced belt

Open areas for public

Devoted cycle and pedestrian lanes

Parks seen from the roads is not going to be lined by partitions

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