Govt plans 27-km cycle track from Badarpur to Ballabgarh
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has decided to lay a cycle track from Sector 37 (Badarpur) to Sector 59 (Ballabgarh), as it will not only promote cycling, but also help reduce pollution and save fuel.
The government needs to promote cycling if they really want to bring down fuel prices and pollution levels. VIJAY MATTOO, resident.
The cyclists of Faridabad have a reason to cheer as the government is in the process of laying a cycle track along the bypass road parallel to Mathura Road (National Highway 2). If the plan materializes, it will not only reduce pollution and save fuel, but will also reduce accidents on this road.
A separate cycle track will make cycling a safer, easier option for people, and will also reduce accidents on this road.
Though the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has decided to lay a cycle track on one side of bypass road, it is open to laying cycle track on second side of this bypass road too. The total length of the cycle track is going to be around 27km from Sector 37 (Badarpur) to Sector 59 (Ballabgarh area).
The width of the cycle track is going to be 2.5m, the officials said. The cost to lay one side of cycle track is estimated at ` 14-15 crore. “The plan to lay cycle track has been finalized and the same is being forwarded to the government for approval,” said Bhupinder Singh, executive engineer, HUDA, division number two. “We are in the process of laying this track on one side of bypass and maybe a similar track will be laid on other side of the bypass road in the future.”
The officials said that since the widening of Mathura Road is on, commuters prefer to use the bypass road to avoid traffic jams on NH-2 (Mathura Road). In the absence of a cycle track, most of the cyclists become victims of accidents on bypass road.
“Due to diversion of traffic towards bypass road, we see a lot of traffic on this road and otherwise also commuters staying close to the bypass use this road. In such a scenario, there is no safe road for cyclists,” Singh said. “We plan to send the proposal to the state government within a week or so and work will be started after that.”
Not only will the cycle track offer a safer option to commuters, but it will also help in saving fuel. “The separate track will make cycling a safer and easier option for people,” said Ashok Kumar Saini, Palwal district sports officer.
“After the coming up of this track, most of the people travelling to Delhi from Faridabad or vice versa can use bicycles and it will help reduce pollution and also save fuel,” said Vijay Mattoo, a local resident.
“In the present circumstances using a cycle on the road is fraught with danger of losing life,” he added.
“I wish a cycle track is laid along the Mathura Road as well. The government needs to promote cycling if they really want to bring fuel prices down and pollution levels,” Mattoo said.
Medical experts also expressed happiness about the decision. “Cycling is recommended for patients with knee problems. It is also recommended for arthritic patients before and after surgery,” said Yuvraj Kumar, senior consultant, orthopaedic and joint replacement, Asian Institute of Medical Science, Faridabad. “Otherwise also, cycling is a good form of exercise for everyone,” he added.
According to media reports, the Delhi Development Authority while recognizing cycling as an important mode of transport, has approved a policy to promote cycling in Delhi. The reports further said that a network of bicycle stations will be developed with a minimum distance of 300m between two of them.