As the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s August 27 deadline for the public’s suggestions and objections to incorporating the ‘comprehensive bicycle plan’ in the city’s development plan (DP) is fast approaching, activists and environmentalists are urging people to do the needful at the earliest.
It’s been a month since the PMC published a notice on July 28 announcing its intention to incorporate the comprehensive bicycle plan in the city’s DP and asking for suggestions and objections from the public but the corporation has not received many responses, prompting the sending of reminders to people.
Sanskriti Menon, Centre for Environment Education, who is part of the Pune cycle plan, said, “First, it is highly appreciable that the PMC took such a step to prepare a ‘comprehensive bicycle master plan’ for Pune. No other city in India has such a detailed plan for cycling infrastructure and management. Now it has taken the step to incorporate the cycle plan in the DP of the city, which is crucial for successful implementation. It includes the creation of cycle tracks, cycle parking, a public bicycle system and preparation of an enforcement system.”
“The plan also includes provisions for development of institutional capacity in the municipal corporation, regular monitoring of progress and public outreach and engagement in the course of implementation. We hope that the process of integration into the DP will be smooth and will help allocate the necessary resources for making Pune cycle friendly,” she said.
Unlike a plan which has been approved only by the PMC general […]