Pedestrians need more space, better pavements

Till a few years ago, New York too had faced the challenges that Delhi faces now. The number of private vehicles was on the rise and flyovers were choc-a-block with vehicles. There was little space for parking and the number of pedestrians being killed on roads was high. In an effort to find solutions to the Capital’s many traffic and town planning issues, heads of civic and transport agencies in Delhi shared notes with visiting officials from New York.

Amanda Burden, Commissioner (Planning) and Janette Sadik Khan, Commissioner (Transport), both from the New York City administration, cited examples of creating sidewalk cafes and parks and shared their views on how New York transformed from a city of private vehicles to a bustling pedestrian-friendly city.

Though New York’s development system cannot be imported to Delhi, it can certainly be tailored according to its’ needs.

Source: Hindustan times, 24th Feb 2012


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