Govt. considering separate tracks for cyclists, pedestrians

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (UNI) The government is considering constructing separate tracks for cyclists and pedestrians as part of its BRTS scheme and has asked state governents' to take initiative for improving management of road traffic in cities.

Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said in Rajya Sabha today during Question Hour that the government was keen on improving the public transport system in various parts of the country, in major cities to begin with, and was ready to finance the scheme.

However, state governments would have to take the initiative, he said in reply to a question.

''That is the only way to reduce traffic on streets,'' he added.

He said the centre had given 20 per cent grant assistance to states and would implement the BRTS scheme in nine cities with substantial assistance.

The process had been initiated and would take about two years to complete.

He said there were several central schemes for financing the project and it was for state governments to come forward.

He urged state governments to think of a Comprehensive Mobility Plan.

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