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Are foot over-bridges the best way forward in Delhi?

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The Hindu: People crossing the road near Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Several such facilities are lying unused as commuters continue to give a miss to most of the other FOBs across Delhi.

High iron railings on the central verge forcing the pedestrians to use the foot over-bridge (FOB), which is equipped with escalators on either side, seems to have made the FOB outside the Kashmere Gate Inter-State Bus Terminal one of the few pedestrian facilities in the Capital which are serving the purpose they were meant to.

However, several such facilities are lying unused as commuters continue to give a miss to most of the other FOBs across the city.

Currently, the Public Works Department (PWD) maintains 68 FOBs across the city, while it is constructing another 15 with deadlines of completion by March 2015. The department has recently cleared five more FOB projects in South and West Delhi. While several of them are lying unused, officials said proposal of FOB and its location is decided by a committee comprising members from the traffic police, the Central Road Research Institute, Delhi Development Authority and the Transport Department.

“Features such as ramp, escalators and lifts are being provided to encourage pedestrians to use these facilities. The height of the central verge on the roads are also being increased so that people are unable to cross the roads at grade and are forced to use the FOBs,” said Ravi Mathur, Director (works), PWD.

However, some of the FOBs which have lifts and escalators are rarely used. According to an assessment report of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), FOBs do not work and they are not the best way forward.

“There is a growing tendency to remove people from the road while making signal-free corridors – by building foot over-bridges and subways for crossing. But as the traffic police’s own review of FOBs indicates, this has actually increased safety risk as people still prefer to cross the roads. This forced eviction of people from the surface may help lower accident rates (as has been the case near the Anand Vihar Bus Station), but will also limit sustainable modes like walking, cycling and public transport usage,” noted the CSE experts.

Experts suggest planners need to look at alternative infrastructure which are more pedestrian-friendly to curb jaywalking. “FOBs are no longer the preferred choice world over. Half-elevated roads with subways are advisable. One such structure is functional on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg near Moolchand, which is very frequently used by the pedestrians. Such subways bring down the number of stairs on either side to 7-9 so people don't find it very taxing physically,” said Dr. S. Velmurugan, Head of Traffic Engineering and Safety Division, Central Road Research Institute.

“It is also cost effective as it does not require installation of elevators and lifts, which require regular maintenance and extra cost to keep them running,” he added.
 

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Metro work holds up Ghaziabad footbridges

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The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has ordered immediate suspension of work on three foot over-bridges (FOBs) as they fall within the proposed alignment of the Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand Metro route.

A senior GMC official said that the civic body has issued a stop-work notice on these three FOBs ? at Mohan Nagar, Arthala Peer and New Bus Station ? which were proposed under a 2012 project to build 19 such foot over-bridges across the city.

Fortunately, construction work has not yet started at these three sites, and as a result no public money has been wasted.

The corporation will decide upon the fate of FOBs at these locations only after the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) finishes its project report for the 9.71-km metro route. "It's yet undecided as to whether underpasses will be built at the locations or if the FOBs will be shifted to alternate locations. Any decision will be taken only after detailed consultations with all departments concerned," said AK Singh, Executive Engineer (Traffic & Transport), Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.

Of the 19 proposed FOBs, locations of which had been proposed by the district traffic department, three are already commissioned and have been opened for public use. These are located in front of the Pacific Mall, Bhushan Steel and in Sahibabad. A fourth ? located right across the Ghaziabad Development Authority headquarters near Old Bus Stand ? is ready to be commissioned later this month.

Construction work is also in the final stages in a FOB located opposite the district collectorate. It is likely to be commissioned soon.

Meanwhile, a proposal to construct an FOB at the Hapur Chungi has been scrapped. This FOB will now be constructed in Raj Nagar to link Sector 7 with Sector 23.

Design of each FOB is being vetted by the civic body in collaboration with IIT-Roorkee or Jamia Milia Islamia, the two consultants shortlisted by it.

Six different private firms have been awarded construction work of these FOBs on a BOT basis, wherein they will undertake maintenance and repair of the bridges for 30 years. Revenues generated by these firms by way of advertisements on the FOBs will be paid to the GMC.
 

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The first pic in the post is the pedestrian crossing in patel chowk metro station. Delhi has many such over bridge pedestrian crossing like in chadni chowk, ashram, patel chowk, modi mill etc these crossing are a great help but at times they are overlooked keeping ones safety at stake.
 

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Seriously when you walk down the metro stairs in Laxmi Nagar, you will see your way being blocked either by a pamphlet distributor or by a book seller. The pavements theere are totally encroached by these people selling something or the other.
 

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TOI epaper, 2, Article: Crackdown on Vikas Marg to start from Monday



Centre, states to reply on PIL for right of way

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the Centre and state governments on a PIL seeking to free pavements and roads from encroachment to provide citizens their right to free passage and free flow of traffic on roads.

A bench of Chief Justice R M Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman sought responses from the governments within 10 weeks on the PIL filed by NGO ?Voice of India' after hearing Dhanesh Ieshdhan.

The court asked the governments to file affidavits on the steps taken by them to implement the national policy on urban street vendors and the laws relating to vending and parking which were designed to provide demarcated and designated zones for hawkers.

The petitioner alleged that there was hardly any space left on pavements for pedestrians who had to find their way through encroachments by street vendors, hawkers and parked vehicles.

He said civic authorities and governments had not taken even preliminary steps to remove the encroachments. The encroached pavements led to the pedestrians spilling on to the roads and parking of all kinds of vehicles on roads severely impeded movement of traffic, leading to serious traffic congestion on road, he said.

The petitioner also alleged that massive corruption among civic authorities and police had led to anti-social elements encouraging encroachment of pavements and roads by vendors for payment of a weekly or monthly fee. Such elements paid a cut to civic body officials and police, who turned a blind eye to the massive problem posed by encroachment to pedestrians and road traffic, the petitioner said.

The Centre had recently enacted the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014, which mandated municipalities to set up restriction free vending zones/night bazaars where hawkers can sell their wares without being harassed by the authorities. Presently, there is no law to regulate and safeguard the interest of urban street vendors in India.

The new statute makes it obligatory on the part of the state governments and local municipal bodies to ensure that every street vendor gets security and protection of livelihood. But, the national policy on urban street vending had mandated that hawking should be confined to demarcated zones.
 

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UD ministry orders drive against debris, encroachments

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The Delhi government and other civic agencies will undertake a joint drive to remove encroachments from roads and footpaths. At a review meeting held by urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday, it was also decided that agencies would remove debris from these stretches, besides undertaking repair and painting work.

These have been identified as some priorities for the beautification of Delhi. A ministry spokesperson said that the general perception of management of public places and utilities in the capital is very poor and this needs to be changed through special drives.

Issues that need immediate attention include anti-waterlogging measures, managing drains and removal of roadside vegetation and tackling illegal parking to enable working of mechanical sweepers. "The agencies have committed to remove waste in industrial areas, green waste and litter from parks and gardens. They will also undertake cleanliness drives at bus terminals, hospitals and educational institutions," an official said.

He added that the first phase on interceptor sewer would be commissioned soon and the city government would launch a decentralized water treatment plant with dispensing units (water ATMs) at Shahbad Daulatpur. Also, more municipal magistrates would be deployed to issue challans violations relating to sanitation.

Officials said each agency would take medium-term measures in the next six months for . These include notification of sanitation bylaws, outsourcing maintenance and management of toilets and urinals, introduction of door-to-door waste collection to eventually do move towards doing away with dhaloas.

Ministry sources said segregation of waste at household level would also be introduced. in the next few months Waste processing and waste-to-energy plants would be set up at Ghazipur, Narela and Bawana.

DDA will also undertake upgrading of 25 children's parks, playfields in 80 parks, open gyms in 20 parks, shelters, food kiosks, solar lighting, open spaces and plazas. It will develop park for differently abled children at Sector-21 in Dwarka with Rs 14 crore investment.

It will also generate 1 MW solar energy in six months for which an MoU has already been signed with Solar Power Corporation of India.
 
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