The Noida Authority has drawn a plan to develop the city as cycle-friendly by building a 60 km corridor across the city to promote green transport. Reviewing the cycle track project, Rama Raman, Chairperson and CEO, Noida Authority, announced that by 2017 every 45 metre wide road in the city will support a cycle track.
The cycle track is planned parallel to the 24 km Noida-Greater Noida Expressway along the Noida to Greater Noida carriageway. Along with the cycle tracks, Noida is also planning to set up around 50 cycle booths or automated docking stations, where cycles will be available on rent at a very minimal cost.
As per the officials, in the first phase, the track measuring 12.5 km, is being laid in sector-62.
A K Goel, Chief Project Manager, Noida Authority, said, “Of the 12.5 km cycle track, 1.8 km is being laid along internal roads of Sector 62, while another 1.8 km is being laid between Sector 62 and Uflex factory crossing. Another track measuring 8.9 km will be made between sectors 62, 63, 64 and towards Mamura crossing. Physical work on these tracks has started.”
He added, “a 3.5 km track between Kondli Road and Sector 71 is about 25 per cent complete. Another 3.7 km track along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway and sectors 105-93B, and a 3.8 km track between Noida-Greater Noida expressway green belt and sectors 124-128 are awaiting estimate approvals. Tracks measuring about 17.9 km will also be put in place along the Master Plan-III Road and Dadri-Surajpur-Chalera Road.”
About 30 km of the track will be ready by March 31 this year, while another 30 km of cycle track is set for completion in 2016-17. In the second phase, tracks will be laid along the expressway and along every 45 metre-wide road in Noida.
Saumya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority, said, “Considering the large number of students, labourers and factory workers in the vicinity of the proposed cycle tracks, facilities for stands, shelters and bicycles on hire will also be put in place to promote the green and healthy mode of transport.”