Economy

Move for cycle bays at Kolkata IT townships

| Updated on: Feb 11, 2011

Plans are afoot to have cycle bays in the IT townships of Rajarhat and Salt Lake.

Keeping in mind the increase in number of motor vehicles and poor traffic scenario, the State Transport Department is considering a proposal to have cycle bays on the eastern fringes of the city as an alternative non-motorised transport system.

The cycle bays will be set up on a pilot basis in Rajarhat and Salt Lake.

A concrete proposal regarding the financing of the project is likely to be presented by the World Bank soon.

Rental plan

The transport department will also set up rental agencies allowing people to hire bicycles from them to go to the nearest Metro station or work.

Mr R.P.S. Khalon, Principal Secretary, State Transport Department, while speaking on the sidelines of Realty Expo 2011, organised jointly by Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai Bengal) and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said: “Considering the increasing traffic in the city areas, it is necessary that an alternative non-motorised transport facility be developed.”

OTHER PROJECTS

The Transport Department is also planning the implementation of an outer ring road system that will connect the city's entry points while a movable walkway “carrying people from central Kolkata to the central business district of the city “ has also been proposed.

“Currently, finances are an issue. Once it is resolved, we will start working on these projects,” Mr Khalon added.

Published on February 11, 2011

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