In a bid to make footpaths in the city more pedestrian friendly, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued new guidelines to bring in uniformity in construction and maintenance of footpaths in the city. The new initiative, named ‘Pedestrian First’, will be started in the western suburbs on a pilot basis, following which it will be implemented all over the city.
Under the new guidelines, the width of footpaths should be at least 1.8m wide for roads up to a width of 60 feet, and a minimum 3m wide for roads with a width of 90 feet and more. This width will also facilitate the disabled, using a wheel chair along the footpath and the visually impaired to be assisted by another person, the policy states.
“The profile of urban traffic is changing drastically, therefore we have to design streets keeping vehicular traffic in mind. We are aiming to provide a safe, comfortable and uninterrupted walkway to pedestrians, so they do not risk their lives by walking on the roads,” said additional municipal commissioner, SVR Srinivas.
With this initiative, the civic body also aims to make the surface of the footpaths smoother, make a clear walkway by removing hoardings, poles, branches, garbage bins and post boxes by placing it elsewhere. The civic body also plans to take action against illegal encroachments on the side of the roads.
The guidelines will soon be sent to all the assistant commissioners who will be expected to adhere to the policy while undertaking repair works for the footpaths.