PUNE: Need for formulating a special policy for pedestrians, with preference for low-cost solutions, pedestrian plazas, public consultations among others, has been reiterated by NGO Pedestrians First.
NGO convener Prashant Inamdar has also underlined the need for setting up dedicated department for non-motorised transport (NMT) within the civic body for improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
He was speaking at a session on ‘Roads, traffic and pedestrian woes’ at the inaugural day of two-day national conference on ‘Urban policy and planning’, organised by Symbiosis School of Economics, here on Thursday.
“There is general perception that roads are meant for vehicles only and therefore maximum road space is being given to vehicles by administration. Authorities think that footpath is a wastage of valuable road space and hence minimum or no space is allotted to footpaths,” Inamdar said, exhorting the need for change in this mindset.
Suggesting measures for improving pedestrian facilities, he said, “Adequate annual fund provision should be made for NMT facilities. Also, an annual maintenance contract system should be facilitated.”
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