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Gurgaon: Track for cyclists to be developed near IFFCO Chowk

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Posted: Feb 20, 2019
By City Spidey

Pedestrians and cyclists, who are often ranked lowest in the hierarchy of road users, can look forward to this proposal of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).

According to a report published in The Indian Express the authority is planning to redevelop the 2.1-km-long green belt between HUDA City Centre and IFFCO Chowk as a model stretch. The belt will have special provisions for pedestrians and cyclists.

The stretch will also have unique features like ample green plantation, beautified Metro pillars and a green island in the form of an Urban plaza.

Earlier this month, the authority had uploaded the redevelopment proposal on its website asking Gurugrammers for their comments, suggestions or views. The residents can give their opinion till February 21.

MD Sinha, additional CEO, GMDA, told The Indian Express that the stretch was selected from a list of several pockets. “Many lacked enough land for the task. This is one of the areas that had land. It is the first one we are redeveloping. It will be developed as a model stretch, which can then be replicated in other parts of the city,” he said.

He added that a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared after going through public comments.

A 2.5 metres wide path would be developed for cycle movement along with a pedestrian path of 1.5-2 metres. The two will be separated by a one-metre green partition. There are also plans to develop a waiting foyer at every junction and road crossing so that pedestrians and cyclists can wait safely.

Apart from this, an Urban Plaza will be set up at IFFCO Chowk. The plaza will be designed as a green island with an emphasis on vegetation and other facilities like an amphitheatre, seating area for light and show, and a seating pavilion.

The proposal also enlists developing an open area every 200 to 500 metres, which can be used for recreational activity in consultation with RWAs.

TAGS: Gurgaon / track for cyclists / IFFCO Chowk / GMDA / redevelopment proposal / HUDA City Centre / IFFCO Chowk

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