With the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) general body having given its nod to the pedestrian policy, pedestrians in the city are likely to get better infrastructure and facilities in the near future.
Among the various new steps, the policy recommends introduction of audio feature in traffic signals for the visually impaired and a buffer zone of two metres between the stop line for vehicles and the zebra crossing.
The policy has been framed so that it acts as a benchmark for any infrastructure development for pedestrians, with proper rules in place in the civic jurisdiction to ensure good facilities and safety of pedestrians.
The civic administration had proposed the policy after seeking expert opinion on the pedestrian issues in the city.
The policy says that a dedicated cell of the PMC should only work towards maintaining measures for uninterrupted, hurdle-free and safe passage for pedestrians.
As per policy, the PMC should put protective measures at locations where road or footpath repair work takes place. The civic administration should also plan pedestrian crossings at a distance that would ensure that a pedestrian does not have to walk more than 200 metres to cross the road.
The PMC said that a subway or a grade separator for pedestrians should be the last option under consideration and only if there was heavy traffic at a particular location on the road, like wide roads, spacious junctions, places like bus stands, railway stations, metro stations, where pedestrian number is high, and on the highways passing through the city.