Towards cutting urban carbon footprint

The government has started preparing a road-map for building 8,000 km of pavements and laying more cycle tracks in 106 cities in the next five years to promote walking and cycling and to reduce carbon footprint in urban areas.

The urban development ministry targets building these infrastructures, lay 1,300 km bus rapid transit corridors with dedicated fast lanes for buses, set up 500 new bus depots and promote use of electric and hybrid vehicles under the “Green Transport Scheme“.

The scheme will involve investment worth nearly Rs.80,000 crore and will benefit about 22 crore urban population. The ministry has floated a detailed proposal for discussion and for carrying out the preparatory work. In the first phase, cities with population over 5 lakh will be covered.

Considering that the scheme won't be successful unless cities have necessary rules and regulations in place, so to enable cities to get financial incentive from Centre, the states are required to have and implement a parking policy, adopt street vendor regulation norms, have a policy to prevent encroachments and also have an urban transport fund.

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