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Cycle tracks built in Samajwadi Party regime to be demolished

BJP’s urban development minister Suresh Khanna said, “The cycle tracks in many areas lie unused and cause traffic congestion. We have decided to remove the tracks from narrow roads across the state.”

lucknow Updated: Jul 04, 2017 15:16 IST
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Cycle tracks of various distances were constructed in Lucknow, Noida and Bareilly by the SP government.
Cycle tracks of various distances were constructed in Lucknow, Noida and Bareilly by the SP government.(HT File Photo)

Terming the cycle tracks made across Uttar Pradesh during the SP regime “a cause for traffic congestion”, BJP’s urban development minister Suresh Khanna said such tracks on narrow roads will be demolished to make way for vehicular traffic.

“The cycle tracks in many areas lie unused and cause traffic congestion. We have decided to remove the tracks from narrow roads across the state,” Khanna said during a function in Bareilly on Sunday.

Cycle tracks of various distances were constructed in Lucknow, Noida and Bareilly by the SP government. In Bareilly, a kilometre long track was built along the Bareilly-Pilibhit highway originating from Satellite bus stop. An ambitious cycle highway was also constructed from SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav home district Etawah to Agra in 2016. The project, which was highlighted as one to broaden the tourist viability in the state, reportedly cost over 100 crore INR.

“All these tracks never became popular in public and are rarely used even by cyclists. But on other hand they take up a lot of space and inhibit easy traffic movement,” said Khanna. The minister who was selected from Shahjahanpur city seat also informed that the decision to remove such tracks will be taken as per the advice of local development officials.

Though the step is being seen as a mean to undo the work done by previous governments, Khanna said if cycle tracks from a particular road was removed, it will only be for the ease of common people. “Our Government doesn’t believe in building or destroying symbols. we are only working for the development of the state,” Khanna said.