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33km green corridor to connect S Delhiā€™s residential areas in 4 yrs

33km green corridor to connect S Delhi’s residential areas in 4 yrs

New Delhi:

In a few years, footpaths and cycle tracks would meander through Delhi forests, making the national capital friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. In a bid to shift towards greener mobility, the foundation of a 33-kilometrelong corridor called the ‘Delhi Cycle Walk’ will be laid on Monday at Tughlaqabad.

Union home minister Amit Shah will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 550 crore project that Delhi Development Authority has claimed to complete by 2024. The corridor will connect the residential areas in South Delhi such as Tughlaqabad, Greater Kailash, Saket and Nehru Place, and will pass through the city’s green lungs, including Jahanpanah forest.

Officials concerned said that the main objectives of the project include making the city walkable and environmentfriendly; helping people save money by encouraging them to walk down or cycle to their places of work, shopping and studies; reducing pollution; connecting all the forests of the city; and revival of the dried-up lakes.

To ensure connectivity access, origin and destination points have been mapped which are proposed to be interlinked to each other by the tracks for cycling and walking. It will be a loop around the city like a ring and connect metro stations, bus stands, high density residential areas, business districts, industrial areas, recreational centres and green areas.

The width of both the cycle track and the walkway will be 2.4 metres each with a green strip of a metre width separating the two. The cycle walk will be a controlled track with defined and secure entrance points near residential areas and exit points near places of workplaces, malls and schools. These points of entry shall be called Origin Destination plazas and shall have all facilities for washrooms, cafés, cycle repairs and parking slots.

An official said that the Cycle Walk tracks shall move seamlessly from one forest to another with small water lakes also being created to solve the waterlogging problem in sunken areas along the roads in these forests.

As a part of the same project, solar lights will be installed across the stretch; CCTV cameras will be installed every 100 metres and a centralized monitoring station shall also be made; more public toilets will be constructed; and rainwater harvesting chambers and vehicle parking area shall also be made.

Over 11 lakh active cyclists use the roads of Delhi, officials claim. Most of these are regular commuters who pedal from home to work and back. “Typically distances travelled by them are under 10 km. Most cyclists prefer to use cycle lanes wherever they are clean and contiguous. Apart from low wage-earning working population, cycling enthusiasts and students also use cycling as a way to commute. While the percentage is small, it can increase in case a safe, convenient and practical option is available,” said an official.