The Delhi Government is planning to revamp the streets in the city in order to make them more accessible to pedestrians, public transport vehicles, non-motorised vehicles, and physically challenged people.
With a view to making roads friendlier for pedestrians and physically challenged people, and to curb vehicle congestion, the Delhi Government has decided to redesign over 1,200 km of roads in the city.
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Under a project that will cost Rs. 5,000 crore, the city government plans to install street furniture like glass lifts, toilet blocks, solar-powered street lights, and rain water harvesting systems. Space will also be kept aside for hawkers and some roads will be dedicated to public transport only.
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According to Public Works Department Minister, Satyendar Jain, 10 roads have been identified for the pilot project and work on them will be completed within eight months. If the pilot is successful, all roads under the Delhi government will be redesigned. The government feels that a majority of road space is occupied by cars, and thus there is need for revamping, keeping pedestrians and public transport in mind. The Minister added that consultants will be appointed for small stretches of roads and they will be responsible to come up with feasible designs and structures for footpaths, bus-stops, lights, landscaping, crossings, etc., especially keeping in mind disabled people.
The roads will have dedicated lanes for buses and non-motorised vehicles. Major design flaws for different roads will be identified, and the issues will be rectified accordingly.
According to a report in The Times of India, the government will also launch a website and an app for people to click photos of roads where work is not being done properly, and upload them. Each stretch will have footpaths and subways, and CCTV cameras will be installed for the safety of women. Additionally, the government will eliminate escalators at foot overbridges and will install glass lifts instead.
According to an assessment by Delhi Traffic police, the sharp increase in the number of cars in Delhi and the shrinking space for pedestrians is also to blame for rising road accident deaths in the city.
The project has been inspired by European cities.