Mumbai, August 3: Ever wished that different tracks for cycles could have made travelling easier and safer. Maharashtra government plans to take up the pilot project by implementing separate cycle tracks along the arterial roads in 10 leading cities.
Maharashtra’s Public Works Department will test the project, in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon. Also, a four-member committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of the state’s additional Director General of Police, Traffic.
The committee will have to identify the arterial roads, implementation of the projects, design the routes for setting up the tracks, allocation of tracks etc an official from the state public works department said. The Nashik Municipal Corporation has already made a provision in its development plan to build 120km of cycling tracks in the city along with Pune Municipal Corporation, which is also planning to build 300km of cycling tracks in the city.
Further, he said, “Currently, there is a lack of any infrastructure for cyclists. A number of these cities have industrial areas where labourers come to work from a distance of nearly 7-8km. If we better equip our roads, even they can use bicycles to commute to their workplaces. It will not only reduce traffic but will also considerably less environmental pollution.”