As the Millennium City is fast becoming a city of expressways and high-end vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are getting eased out of the roads. The authorities have done precious little to provide equitable road space for pedestrians and users of non-motorised transport (NMT).
According to Gurgaon traffic police data, as many as 25 deaths, out of a total of 55, were of pedestrians on the Gurgaon expressway in 2012.
While two- and three-wheeler drivers/passengers were the second most vulnerable on the expressway with a total of 18 deaths, cyclists, light motor vehicles (LMV) and heavy motor vehicles met with four fatal accidents each in 2012.
Eight pedestrians lost their lives on the stretch between the Sirhaul toll plaza and Rajiv Chowk. A total of nine deaths were also reported on the stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and Kherki Daula.
The supporters of the campaign asked the MCG to take necessary steps to ensure safe, secure and NMT-friendly streets, with reduced focus on developing infrastructure for private modes.
All buildings should have primary access for cyclists and pedestrians. According to the supporters, many senior executives have pledged their support to the movement.
“While executives of prominent MNCs will participate in Walk to Work programme, students of top schools will too set an example by walking to the campus instead of taking a bus or being dropped by parents in swanky cars,” said a representative of a citizen’s group.
Students will hold unique cycle rallies that will end at the office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to make the officials understand the importance of NMT.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon had discussed the issue of NMT in a house meeting in December last year.
There is a need for a non-motorised transport plan in Gurgaon as more than one agency is responsible for the maintenance of city’s roads.
While the MCG takes care of the roads in the corporation areas, Huda looks after roads in Huda sectors.
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation (HSIIDC) maintains the roads in industrial sectors of the city.
Apart from the two existing expressways in the city, the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and the Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway, construction is going on four more high speed roads — the Dwarka expressway or the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), the Southern Peripheral Road, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway (KMP) and Huda-DLF sector road.