Private vehicles making city life hellish, use bicycle: Venkaiah Naidu

Stating that 'life is becoming hell' in metropolitans due to private vehicles, Venkaiah Naidu urged every city to shift focus to non-motorised modes of transport like cycling.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:June 7, 2017 2:03 pm
Venkaiah Naidu, cycling, non-motorised transport, private vehicles Union minister Venkaiah Naidu (PTI Photo/PIB, File)

Stating that “life is becoming hell” in metropolitans due to private vehicles, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has urged every city to shift focus to non-motorised modes of transport like cycling.

“Adding vehicles is becoming a major problem. There are one crore vehicles in Delhi; Mumbai will not be lagging behind. Life is becoming hell,” he told reporters here yesterday while speaking at an event.

“Focus should be on non-motorised transport. I want every city to have cycle tracks,” the minister said, adding that he was amazed to see over a third of the population in Berlin, across economic strata, commuting by bicycle.

Naidu said there is a change in our lifestyles wherein things are becoming more sedentary and less physical, and cycling will help keep us fitter as well.

“Our lifestyles have changed and we do not do physical work anymore. Physically there is no activity at all,” he said.

“There has to be a cycle track in every city. It is mandatory especially for the cities which are expanding,” he said, adding pedestrian paths are also necessary.

Naidu further rued that we have “successfully” destroyed forest cover in our cities over the last few years and wondered when and how would we be able to recover.

Because of such concerns, Naidu said his ministry has decided to launch a livable index for cities, which will assess the city based on its water supply, sanitation, electricity, public transport and non-motorised transport.

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    Patrick Dubos
    Jun 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    very good intentions,have to be realised soon and plans put into action,inferno catching up fast,but of course like all the countries of the world with car s shooting up its difficult tontell people once they have it not to use it,truely a cyc world would not be far ressemb heaven,all encouragements for soon future!!!! implementation good minister
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      Rajendra Ravi
      Jun 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm
      यह अच्छी बात है और सुनने में भी सुखद लगता है इसकी शुरुयात कब और कहाँ होगी मंत्री को भी आने वाले दिनों में याद नहीं रहेगा | चुकि यह बिकता है इस लिए इन्हें बेचने में कोई गुरेज नहीं है |
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        Truth
        Jun 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm
        For once I support Mr.Utterly Butterly Naidu-----cycles and bullock-carts would solve all problems of transportation, environment, and holy cows------- and it should be strictly applicable to all ministers as well !
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          Augustine R.
          Jun 8, 2017 at 2:06 pm
          Sure Mr. Naidu, we would love to have a cycle track in our city and use it as well. We would want you to inaugurate it by cyc to your office as well! Or would you produce a doctor certificate saying you cannot for health reasons? I understand neither can your children?
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            sandeep varma
            Jun 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm
            Rather than sitting in the couch and talking,u should had run a public campaign and promote cyc , and that applies to you too leave your motor vechile on go on cycle
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              K.S.Narayanan
              Jun 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm
              There is nothing like setting an example. Naidu should make a start by using a bicycle and exhort his peers and his team to follow suit. We can emulate the Dutch and Danish in this at least among the many other aspects we can do well by learning from others. Berlin is not the only city to learn from. Just imagine the level of pollution and congestion that can be reduced, not forgetting the health and fitness benefits. There is one challenge. How is he going to convince the large segment of our affluent and the new affluent that their self-respect and value do not depend on their cars, but on their character, principles, behavior and actions.
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                Aparkarthik
                Jun 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm
                Let government officals start the idea going by bicycle to their office . Incentives can be given to them for using non motorized mode of transportation.
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                  Yugandhar
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                  In 2002 I was using only bicycle 🚴 as my local transportation in hyderabad city and then I left the city. I have relocated to the city in 2010. From past seven years I have been observing that it is getting tougher and tougher to the pedestrians 🚶 in the city. Forget about the tracks for cyc . Can we have proper tracks for pedestrians atleast, who are wil to walk. Nobody can dare to use bicycles now a days on the roads of hyderabad. It means either death or severe injury guaranteed, because of the irresponsible driving behaviour of RTC bus drivers, auto wallas and other private vehicles. God save hyderabad and it's roads.
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                    Augustine R.
                    Jun 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                    Excellent post!
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