The Maharashtra state government is planning to create cycle tracks through 'streets with cycle track' project in order to encourage the use of bicycles, to ease congestion and reduce air pollution.
The pilot project will be at first implemented in 10 cities across the state including Nagpur, Amaravati, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Solapur, Latur, Jalgaon, Chandrapur and Kolhapur. A government resolution confirming the same was issued recently.
“It has been observed that people do not use cycles due to the absence of dedicated lanes,” read the government resolution. It further added that in several industrial towns, employees travel a distance of seven to eight kilometres to get to work and setting up of dedicated tracks would encourage them to cycle to work, which would ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution levels.
• A committee comprising four members including the Additional Director General of Police (Traffic), Secretary PWD (Roads), and two members of NGO Mission Olympics will be studying the project and providing technical inputs.
• The committee would be responsible for choosing the roads where the project would be implemented and suggest modifications to the road structure if needed.
• The committee will also have the power to seek the help of organisations that promote cycling.
• The state government has decided to start the initiative with smaller cities instead of congested ones like Mumbai and Thane.
• However, there is a possibility that Navi Mumbai would be included in the project.
The project would be extended to other cities of the state only on the basis of the success of the pilot project. If indeed it becomes successful, then it may also be made a part of Mumbai's ambitious coastal road project and be executed on the proposed new roads.
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