While Delhi has made an attempt to decrease vehicular pollution by launching the odd-even scheme, Jalandhar is still taking baby steps in being more conscious towards environmental conservation and is planning to build a cycle track on the 120 feet road at Surya Enclave Extension, which is still in construction phase.
The four-lane road project, a vital link from all areas near Domoria bridge to GT road, is considered one of the major road projects in the city. Pertinently, it will be the first cycle track in the city.
In an urban planning failure, the first phase of Surya Enclave Extension project did not include any cycle track in the plan.
Mukul Soni, superintending engineer of Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT), said, “Sanction has been granted to part B of the project, and we are working on it now.”
JIT is planning to start the work of constructing the cycle track by the end of March.
Cycle tracks measuring 12 feet are planned to be built on both the sides of the road along the 1.34km distance which the four-lane road will cover.
While discussing layout of the four-lane road, officials said the central verge would be constructed in 6 feet area, while the road tracks will be built on the two sides on 27 feet area.
In addition to this, 6 feet area on each side will be left for footpaths, while the remaining will be used as the green belt.
The officials further added that they were planning to put barricades on all the junctions on the road so that bicycle riders become aware and slow down.
They are estimating to have around eight crossing junctions along the road.
When asked why the plan for making cycle tracks in the area was not deliberated earlier, officials said after the Punjab and Haryana high court ruling in December last year, in which it dismissed all the petitions pertaining to land acquisition, the JIT was in a hurry to start the project that had been hanging fire from the past three years and they were not able to work on the cycle track plan initially.