While bicycle tracks in the city’s northern sectors are functional, its southern part reflects sheer ignorance on part of the municipal corporation when it comes to their maintenance. Some of the southern sectors do not even offer such tracks for cyclists, thus making it difficult for people to commute, even if they want, through bicycle towards their destinations.
As compared to the northern sectors, the overall condition of bicycle tracks in the southern sectors, especially Sectors 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47, 48 and 49, is worse. Due to poor, or no, maintenance, people don’t even use these tracks. One can hardly see the entry and end point of a track as most pathways are covered by encroachers, garbage bins and parked vehicles.
An Advocate Colony, Sector 48, resident Ali Hasan said, “With no bicycle tracks in our sector, it seems our area is not even a part of the main UT; you can compare it with the pace of development in northern sectors. The moment one crosses Sector 45 roundabout, the picture of Chandigarh is totally different. Though parks are maintained here, but due to ill-maintained tracks, we can’t enjoy cycling on the city roads.”
Echoing the same opinion, Sector-42 resident Anjan Mahajan said, “It’s not only about our sector, but the entire city is not a bicycle-friendly place. The administration should first work on laying tracks within the sectors and on outskirts. As far as concerned about making people aware about the use of cycles, the authorities should made tracks more attractive.”
Talking to HT, deputy mayor Gurbax Rawat said, “It’s not the southern sectors alone. We need to initiate certain steps to maintain in the entire city in a better way. As far as concerned about cycling, we need to first promote the culture of cycling. For this, a day can be chosen when people only use bicycles to commute. If more and more people start using such tracks, the MC will itself come into action to provide best facilities.”