Bicycle plan to be part of city’s DP

Pandurang Mhaske
Monday, 4 February 2019

The State Urban Development Department has now issued a notification asking the PMC commissioner to incorporate the CBP in the city’s Development Plan as per the conditions laid by the Central government.

MUMBAI: The State Urban Development Department has directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to incorporate the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan (CBP) in the city’s development plan (DP) with changes according to Central Government norms. 

The PMC initiated the preparation of a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan for Pune through a project supported by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Work on the Pune Cycle Plan started in 2016. Two rounds of public consultations were done for preparing the draft plan. The Comprehensive Bicycle Plan, 2017 (Draft) has been passed by the General Body of the Pune Municipal Corporation and forwarded to the State Government for approval and notification for its incorporation into the Pune Development Plan 2017.

The State Urban Development Department has now issued a notification asking the PMC commissioner to incorporate the CBP in the city’s Development Plan as per the conditions laid by the Central government. 

To incorporate the CBP in the Development Plan, PMC has to make changes required as per the Section 37 (1) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act and the City Planning Act 1966 and resend it to the State Government for final approval.

Pune was once known as a bicycle city when the cycle was the primary mode of commute. Facilities for walking, cycling and the public transport have not kept pace with the development of the city. The number of private vehicles has increased rapidly in the last 10 to 15 years. This is leading to health impacts from polluted air, accidents, and wastage of time in congestion. 

Realising the need to address this issue, the Pune Municipal Corporation had adopted a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) in 2012. The vision for mobility in Pune articulated in the CMP is ‘moving people safely and economically by emphasising public transport and non-motorised transport.’

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