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The concept of pedestrianisation in india

The global citizenry especially Indian citizenry is headed towards a problem. Mobility is becoming a complex issue in cities. Speed, convenience, comfort, time, economy and safety are key concerns. Air pollution and health problems are even bigger concerns. It is time when we should look at pedestrianisation seriously. Car-free pedestrianisation of areas is a popular concept world over. It started in Germany in 1929 and was successfully replicated throughout Europe. US also adopted the same strategy in its many cities. In fact, most of the downtown shopping areas are car-free zones. In many cities like Boston, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco etc there are pedestrian-only streets. There are various ways in which pedestrianisation   can be achieved. Either one can make an area  no car  zone on certain days of the week or at certain times of the day or one can make an entire street or area completely pedestrianised. In fact, in district centres and community centres, there is a concept of leaving all the cars at one central place and walking around an area to do shopping. This has now graduated into a more sophisticated form of pedestrianisation in form of airconditioned shopping malls. There are several advantages of pedestrianisation. It helps resolve difficulty in parking problem, and make walking a leisure and more civic experience. They also help in low levels of noise, safety, decreased air pollution and provides for an overall aesthetic experience of leisure and life. While there are many imperatives that need to be considered before betting on  walking , pedestrianisation of certain areas in the city is a very good and accepted idea. Of course, a lot depends on governance structures that will plan, fund, implement, execute and manage the entire scheme. Starting will be easier than sustaining the initiative.

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