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Upwardly mobile plan

Drawing inspiration from the national Capital, the integrated mobility plan prepared by the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) for Gurgaon envisages a major shift to public transport by 2031, when the population is estimated to touch the 43-lakh mark. Vimal Chander Joshi

india Updated: Apr 30, 2011 00:13 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Drawing inspiration from the national Capital, the integrated mobility plan prepared by the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) for Gurgaon envisages a major shift to public transport by 2031, when the population is estimated to touch the 43-lakh mark.

By the next decade, Gurgaon will have a ring road, outer ring road and 74 kms of bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor which is expected to be ready by 2016.

Keeping in tune with the growing population and traffic volume, the vision document plans a major revamp to strengthen the road network.

According to the senior town planner, the report has been approved by Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Nitin K Yadav and is in the implementation stage.

According to figures released by the department, only 33% residents will depend on private transport 20 years from now, as compared to 82% at present.

With an aim to reduce traffic congestion on city roads, authorities hope to increase use of public transport, mainly bus commutes, from the present 4% to 61%.

With a total cost outlay of R15,140 crore, the plan has been divided into three phases - 2009-16, 2017-2021 and 2022-2031.

Those wondering the need for a BRT corridor in Gurgaon, where only a handful of buses ply, may be pleasantly surprised with the government's plans.

It is proposed to have bus stops at every 500m on the highways and after one-kilometre distance for other areas to support the 300 new buses which will hit roads under the ambitious project.

Plans are afoot to allocate appropriate parking stands for autos near Fountain Chowk, Iffco Chowk, MG Road, Vishwakarma Road and Railway Station Road.

Separate bicycle lanes of about 210 kilometres are also part of the project. To counter traffic chaos due to unauthorised parking along roadsides, the department plans to set up a dozen parking sites near MG Road, Vishwakarma Road, Sector 29 (near Kingdom of Dreams), Sector 15 (Mini Secretariat), Cyber Park, bus terminal site, sectors 10, 43, 48, 47, 52 and Huda City Centre.