With an aim to re-establish the role of green spaces as connective links between urban spaces, the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has proposed creation of an environment-friendly pedestrian and cycling network through the city forests of South Delhi. The proposal has been submitted before the Ministry of Urban Development and officials said that the study will be extended to other zones too.
DUAC officials said that the department has conducted an analysis of South Delhi’s prominent green cover spaces, including the Jahanpanah forest and Sanjay Van. Subsequently,the department has proposed developing an environment-friendly corridor for pedestrian and cycle movement through the green spaces which span 21 km through NH-8, inner Ring Road and Mathura Road.
“The idea is to create a movement corridor to connect the entire south zone through a pedestrian network. The corridor would be an interconnected zonal and local system of paths and trails to make Delhi a pedestrian friendly city through green lungs (city greens) and movement corridors for non-motorised vehicles. This would provide safe and convenient access between parks, natural systems and recreational facilities connecting them with residential areas, civic institutions and businesses,” a senior DUAC official said.
Officials said that the existing pedestrian routes were lying unused and need to be revived by connecting them. The study, officials said, was taken up after it was felt that the existing spaces were being used by unsocial elements thereby hindering access to green cover.
“The corridor would be a contiguous green parkway trail system for pedestrian and cycle movement. To ensure safety, there will be street lights all through the paths to encourage the use of the pathways.
There will also be dustbins all along to ensure cleanliness of the tracks,” the official said.