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Bicycle enthusiasts, there is a good news for you. Delhi government is planning to build an elevated cycle track in the capital. The track will be 6-km long, 20-feet wide and will start from south Delhi’s Satpula drain (Press Enclave Road, Saket) to Barapullah (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium).
According to Hindustan Times report, Public Works Department (PWD), which is constructing the project, is expected to cost around Rs50 crore and the construction work to start this year. “Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the track. The track will be covered so that riders are safe from sun and rain. CCTV cameras will be installed on the streetlights to ensure safety of commuters,” the HT report states.
Cycle tracks build for bicycle riders are mostly popular in European states. Presently, Delhi city roads are not conducive for cycle tracks. “It will also become a tourist destination as we are planning benches for people to sit and organise various other activities,” a PWD official as having said by HT.
PWD minister Satyendar Jain who has announced the projected had said “elevated cycle track, would be safe for riders from eight years to 80.” “Elevated cycle tracks have not been built anywhere. I have researched online and found that some countries in Europe had proposed constructing elevated cycle tracks on trial but they have not been built anywhere,” Jain had said. Besides this elevated cycle track, Delhi government has also proposed to build cycle track in Greater Kailash and Defence Colony areas.
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