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Capital’s streets take new turn

Streetscaping in the Capital is finally evolving from a plan to reality.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi | Published: February 22, 2010 3:29:30 am

Streetscaping in the Capital is finally evolving from a plan to reality. With separate seating arrangements,cycle tracks,jogging tracks and a green buffer,Mandir Marg and Tees January Marg are the first two streets to get a makeover in Lutyens’ Delhi.

This time round,the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has paid special attention to pedestrians’ needs. Tees January Marg has a new seating arrangement that resembles a tiny amphitheatre; Mandir Marg has a cycling track.

Green cover
All roads getting a facelift will have ample green cover,NDMC officials said. Shrubs and grass have been planted to act as a divider between the road and the pavements. This has been done not only to make the area greener but to also keep pedestrians away from walking on the main road.

Work on the Mother Teresa Crescent is also in its last stage. Once ready,the road will have one of the largest green covers,with a segment of the road cleared for shrubs and trees. The NDMC is also digging a borewell along the new road and laying pipes running across the green buffer that will be used to water the plants. “More than 100 trees will be planted across all revamped roads in New Delhi area,” a senior official of the NDMC said.

“After a thorough research,we shortlisted facilities that can be provided on each stretch. Depending on feasibility,cycling and walking tracks will be constructed on all new roads. The streetscaping will not reduce the carriageway,” he added.

Crossing made easier
Another advantage for pedestrians is tabletop crossings that have been placed near all traffic lights. These crossings raise the level of roads to that of the pavements. The NDMC is working on nine more roads within a 2-km radius of all Games venues.

Added features
* Better seating arrangements
* Cycle and jogging tracks
* Green zone
* Tabletop crossing

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