The UT engineering department has started the construction of a 99-km-long stretch of cycle track throughout Chandigarh. Senior officers claimed that the construction work would be completed within one-and-a-half month. The construction work costs around Rs 11.88 crore.
UT Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said, “Currently, 76-km-long cycle track exists in Chandigarh. We are constructing 99-km cycle track more. The construction work includes the marking of cycle tracks around all the roundabouts and repairing of existing cycle tracks. The work will be completed within two months.”
Executive Engineer Inderjeet Gulati, supervising the construction work of the cycle track, said, “Rs 12 lakh is the cost of the construction of 1-km- long cycle track. The work is already going on on Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg, Shanti Path, Sukhna Path and Udhyog Path. The construction work is not carried at the exact locations, which were full of hindrances, including manhole covers, trees and electricity poles. We have randomly written letters to the departments concerned urging them to find out alternative of these things. There are several stretches in which the construction work is yet to start and at some locations, possibilities of the cycle track are being checked. The stretch from Housing Board Light Point to Transport Light Point on Madhya Marg is this kind of stretch.”
The construction work is going on Madhya Marg between the roundabout of sector 19/7/27/26 to the roundabout of Sector 18/8/19/7. On Sukhna Path, construction work of cycle track was started on the dividing road of Sector 19/27 and Sector 20/30. According to the master plan of Chandigarh, the administration is to construct 180-km-long cycle track throughout Chandigarh.
Sources said, “Recently, Chandigarh Traffic Police made a 16-member cycle squad in the month of August 2018. Apart from sensitising the people to the use of cycle tracks and challaning the people for riding motor vehicles on these tracks, the squad was to identify the damaged cycle tracks, which need immediate repairing.”
A senior traffic police officer said, “We have recommended 49 locations for urgent repairing between August 21 and October 25, 2018. These damaged cycle tracks were repaired.”