19 Key areas in Delhi are being revamped under the government’s ‘Walkability Plan’. After this pedestrians will finally be able to take a breath of relief, without having to worry about getting run over or accidentally walking into the oncoming traffic.
Who isn’t aware of the fact that walking on roads in Delhi is like being on a battle field you never know where the hit would come from. People pushing each other, shoving their elbows in diaphragms, bikes and cars trying to drive over the pedestrian. Walking in Delhi is a scary experience! But not for long.
A 2015 study conducted by Delhi traffic police stated that out of 1,622 people who were killed in 1,582 fatal incidents, the number of pedestrians was 684.
Under the ‘Walkability Plan’ of the government, 19 areas, namely- ITO, North and South Campus, Uttam Nagar crossing, the three ISBTs, INA, Hauz Khas, IIT, Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place, Karol Bagh, Saket - Malviya Nagar stretch, Lajpat Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Old Delhi and New Delhi Railway Stations, are getting a much needed face-lift.
The remodelling includes redesigning old pedestrian crossings, moving open cables underground for safety and ease, putting up new street furniture, trees being planted to provide shade and greenery, pelican lights, gaps fixed in the already existing footpaths and the construction of new ones. Some areas like Chadni Chowk will also be declared pedestrian only.
The direction to look for immediate solutions to make the experience of pedestrians better has come straight from the Prime Minister’s office. Guidelines for the same are currently being prepared by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).