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K’taka to launch pilot road project giving cyclists, pedestrians priority

K’taka to launch pilot road project giving cyclists, pedestrians priority

With an aim to decongest the roads, the Karnataka government is gearing up to launch its pilot project in Tumakuru and one zone of Bengaluru…

Tuesday, Aug 23

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With an aim to decongest the roads, the Karnataka government is gearing up to launch its pilot project in Tumakuru and one zone of Bengaluru , officials in the know of matter said on Monday.

The state is experimenting with the active mobility plan under which the pedestrians, cyclists and public transport will get priority on the roads. The move aims to bring down dependence on private transport and reduce congestion in urban areas of the southern state.

“The idea is that it should be a statewide plan where the aim is that public transport, pedestrians and cyclists should get priority,” said Urban Development Department of Karnataka additional chief secretary Rakesh Singh.

He said the pilot project being launched in Tumakuru — about 60 km from Bengaluru — is a place where the plan can be implemented.

With over 10 million vehicles in just Bengaluru, congestion in India’s IT capital is at its peak and has led to increasing levels of pollution and declining quality of life for its over 12 million residents.

Adding to the city’s woes, the Covid-19 pandemic also contributed to a higher number of vehicles in the city as the fear of contracting the virus pushed more people towards private transport for their commute. The delays in completing the Metro, lack of support for public bus services, poor quality of roads and pavements are some of the other reasons.

Similar measures like setting up cycling and bus lanes in Bengaluru were successful but were short-lived owing to incessant construction for several […]

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