GURUGRAM: A dedicated mobility division has been set up to strengthen transport infrastructure, improve public commuting and reduce traffic jams, as part of the government’s initiative to better quality of life in the city.
Functioning under the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), the new division will mainly focus on preparing long-term mobility plans to improve traffic management and develop infrastructure, keeping pace with the growing demands.
Apart from coordinating with the Gurgaon police, MCG, Regional Transport Authority (RTA) and other departments concerned, the division will also work with external experts, wherever required. For instance, GMDA has roped in a private agency to develop a mobility plan for the city, which is expected to be ready by December.
“As per the GMDA Act, 2017, we have already constituted infrastructure and urban environment divisions. Now, we have the mobility division that has started working as well,” said GMDA chief V Umashankar.
Headed by the chief general manager (mobility), the division, constituted last week, also has on board a general manager and an engineering team.
Elaborating further, an official in the know of the matter said the division would work in multiple areas. For instance, it would take care of the expansion of the city bus service, apart from developing infrastructure required like bus shelters and bus depots. “Also, the division will design and implement projects, such as pedestrian paths, foot over-bridges, subways, cycling tracks and skywalks, etc. It will also ensure maintenance of the infrastructure,” said the official.
These apart, the agency will work on measures, like removing encroachments and creating parking lots, for better traffic management on the perennially congested city roads. It will also carry out road safety projects and road safety audits, and suggest changes, if any, from time to time.
In the city where snarls and jams are a major problem, the division will have its task cut out for itself. The city has an extremely high ratio of per capita car and the challenge is to increase the percentage of public transport, said another senior official. As per the proposed liveability index prepared by GMDA, the exiting public transport constitutes only 5% of the total transport system in the city.
The government has also set up an urban environment and an infrastructure divisions under the GMDA. The urban environment division will undertake projects to increase per capita green covers, check pollution levels and improve water conservation in the city, among others. The infrastructure division, on the other hand, will focus on overall infrastructure development, including roads, water supply, sewage disposal, storm water drainage, electricity, solid waste management, parking and other urban amenities.
Recently, the GMDA prepared a draft proposal on Gurgaon’s Liveability Index that will serve as a tool to measure quality of life and form the basis for long-term development initiatives in the city. The draft has defined liveability in terms of 10 broad themes — mobility, safety and emergency services, water supply and sewerage, waste management, environment, affordable health, education and skills development, affordable housing, power (including clean energy) and piped gas, and government responsiveness.
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