Kochi: All the problems related to pedestrian security and rights stem out of ignorance on the a part of numerous companies concerned in street development. There must be an company to create consciousness among the many homeowners of roads, drivers and pedestrians relating to the security and rights of wayfarers.
In keeping with specialists in street security and visitors, ignorance relating to pedestrian points begins proper from designing the street.
“There must be design engineers. Sadly, no street designing companies within the state or Kochi has design engineers. Within the absence of design engineers, key points like pedestrian security take a again seat whereas designing roads,” mentioned Indian Institute of Street Security director Upendranarayan.
“There must be engineers having scientific data relating to street security with the homeowners of roads. Equally, police, officers with motor automobiles division, and many others additionally ought to have consciousness on street security,” he mentioned.
“Street issues of safety must be taught whereas giving coaching for driving. Trainers at driving colleges additionally ought to have thorough data relating to street security and pedestrian points. They need to impart such data whereas coaching folks,” Upendranarayan mentioned.
There isn’t any house for walkways or footpaths on lots of the roads, bridges and flyovers within the metropolis.
“There isn’t any footpath on the recently-constructed Ponnurunni railway overbridge. Furthermore, the railways closed the borders stopping the pedestrians from crossing the railway line on their foot. Now, pedestrians must cross the railway line by strolling via the carriageway of the railway overbridge. It is rather harmful,” mentioned RTI activist T N Prathapan.
“Equally, the zebra crossing beneath the recently-constructed Vyttila flyover stays closed even weeks after the opening of the flyover. This means the care given by the authorities to pedestrian points,” Prathapan mentioned.
Lots of the companies that are engaged in enhancing infrastructure improvement within the metropolis focus extra on developing joggers’ path reasonably than developing walkways for pedestrians. Such joggers’ paths are being constructed by decreasing the width of the carriageway of the roads. This may be seen in locations like Panampilly Nagar.
“The minimal width of carriageway must be 3.5m. It’s due to the ignorance relating to visitors points that the street companies themselves cut back the width of roads,” Upendranarayan mentioned.
Lots of the footpaths are being constructed at a peak of round two toes from the street.
“In addition to this, entry for automobiles to varied workplaces, retailers and many others from street is being given by making a chopping on the footpath. Aged, sick, kids and many others face problem strolling on such dips on footpaths. There could be such dips in entrance of each store or workplace,” Prathapan mentioned.
“Many roads and bridges are being designed with out provision for footpath,” he mentioned