With pollution levels in the capital reaching alarming levels, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has floated a proposal to introduce cycles as an “environment-friendly and affordable public transport system” in areas under its jurisdiction.
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The corporation, which has proposed that cycles would reduce pollution and congestion, wants to set up cycle stands like the ones introduced by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
“The Delhi Metro has set up cycle stations to promote use of cycles through outsourcing such facilities in lieu of advertisement rights,” the proposal states. Similarly, the North Corporation will allot a space of 25×8 feet to accommodate 10 cycles and allow advertisements on the cycle stand.
The advertisement space will be allotted through an e-auction and “the allottee will build the cycle stands at no cost to the North DMC,” the proposal states. Under the jurisdiction of the civic body are several campuses, including Delhi University, and several congested localities such as Karol Bagh and Sadar Bazar.
“Cycle sharing should be very popular in these areas and the North DMC may identify suitable locations for cycle sharing facilities, which can also be feeder lines for Metro commuters and bus stops,” the proposal states. The space for the cycle stand will be allotted for a period of 10 years.
Standing committee chairperson Parvesh Wahi said that “setting up of cycle stands will go a long way in curtailing pollution”. The proposal is likely to be passed in the next meeting of the corporation. Tenders will be issued immediately and the scheme is likely to be implemented in the next two months.