Hyderabad: A Pedestrian Policy
- Jan 3 Expand MessagesView SourceHas this happened?----
Hyderabad: A Pedestrian Policy SoonPosted by philipp on 7 October 2011 - 4:44pm
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Hyderabad: To make city roads, especially busy thoroughfares, pedestrian-friendly, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is contemplating to bring in a pedestrian policy. In the US, some states have initiated pedestrian policies not only for the safety of pedestrians, but also to encourage walking and bicycling. The GHMC had a couple of years ago prepared a hawkers policy which was approved by the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department. The policy had categorized the city roads into three types: Red, Amber and Green zones for hawkers.
GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu has asked the town planning wing to prepare a pedestrian policy for the city. Official sources said now the pedestrian policy would basically specify facilities that need to be provided while widening or developing a road like standardised width and height of a footpath, designs, barricading (wherever necessary) and other aspects of footpaths. The corporation is planning to implement the pedestrian policy at least on major roads in the city. A proposal is being considered to allocate a separate budget for the development of footpaths.
With people and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Right to Walk Foundation, demanding footpaths and other facilities for pedestrians, the GHMC has recently decided to develop five city roads - Road No.10 and 12 of Banjara Hills, Road No.36 of Jubilee Hills, Himayatnagar-Liberty Road and the road opposite Salar Jung Museum as model roads with pedestrian facilities, including wide footpaths. The commissioner even conducted an interactive meeting with NGOs on improvement of pedestrian facilities in the city. Apart from these five roads, another 100 km is being proposed for development with proper pavements, removal of encroachments and relocation of electrical transformers and ducts. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is being set up for construction of permanent cable ducts along the roads by private telephone companies,cable operators and other service providers.
A separate division is being set up at the GHMC headquarters exclusively for development of main roads. One superintending engineer and three executive engineers along with other staff would be allocated for the division. GHMC engineering wing officials said the proposals and estimations on the identified five roads have been taken up. The corporation also invited suggestions on the development of footpaths and other facilities from NGOs.
FOR A GREENER CITY
Pedestrian policy aims to prepare guidelines for developing footpaths, standardise width and height of footpaths, develop designs, including barricades and other aspects of footpaths. To start with, GHMC plans to implement the pedestrian policy at all major roads in the city. A separate budget for developing footpaths is also under consideration of the civic body.