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A country where the majority of people are pedestrians and yet, life is made so difficult for us. We can't walk in peace without having to dodge traffic. We can't cross roads in peace without avoiding being run over.

The govt needs to come out with minimum requirements for all roads and get builders to adhere to them. They should include footpaths with minimum width requirement, clear markings of lanes and ped crossings, a lane for hawkers to set up etc. It's one of the reasons why India looks so backward in comparison to other countries like China - the standards of the pedestrian and general road infrastructure. And footpaths are also good for business as people can spend their time window-shopping and browsing shops instead of dodging traffic. And traffic will flow more freely in the absence of pedestrians in the middle. Need some standards to be defined instead of the random construction of roads by builders.
 

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Hi Philebus, old streets I can understand. But the problem in India is with the latest modern developments, very few of which have any footpaths at all and very narrow roads given the builder need to maximize land for construction and complete incompetence from the BMC.

Here's a new Shanghai development for instance:



And here's one in Powai, Mumbai - India's premier city:



Notice the lack of footpaths forcing vehicles, parking, hawkers and pedestrians to share the same road. Not to mention the general chaos given the lack of markings and road discipline. The BMC is the primary responsible party for this mess of course.

There's a pedestrian crowd in the Shangai picture too but they're safely and happily separated from vehicular traffic using footpaths and a nice overhead arc that crosses the huge junction.
 

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I've noticed that new urban developments and new road laying still isn't using wide footpaths. The government should introduce a compulsory road standard when builders build a road. There should be a minimum width and a minimum footpath width and only after that should plots be sold. Otherwise, we are going to see the same problems for pedestrians as we see in the the Western suburbs: no footpaths, and a horrible walking experience where one can't even walk to the nearest store without having to constantly dodge traffic. And forget letting kids walk by themselves.

Walking is healthy, environmentally friendly and cheap. And it's great for business. And we should be making it as easy as possible in our cities.
 
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Yes, I think it's also a major reason Indian cities look underdeveloped and chaotic.
 

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Till India can build a footpath, it will remain a third-world nation

Good article pointing out why footpaths are critical not just to improving the lives of people, but also boosting the economy as well as the appearance and impression of India's cities as third-world
vs first-world.
 
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