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  1. Adding to my comment earlier, I had opportnity to go down New BEL Road recently. Last year I had noticed that the footpaths were encouraged/made unusable over many stretches. I thought things looked better this time. Have things really improved – may be following the Walk?

  2. For the past two years I have been trying to get the attention of the Commissioner, BMP (Bangalore Mahanagar Palike) and the police to preserve/improve footpaths. Since 2005 BMP and police have announced initiatives in this direction, but nothing seems to have been translated on the ground. A major problem is that most of the encroachments are by business interests that have been using the public spaces to make money, and have the local officials in their hands. Without the backing of a well formulated policy for elimination of encroachments, and committed support from higher-ups, local officials are unable and unwilling to take action except on poor small offenders such as fruit and vegetable vendors, who indeed may be making an important contribution to convenience of life in the neighbourhood.

    In 2006 I had prepared a 5-page note describing the different types of encroachment, and suggesting policy measures to deal with them. I had sent it to the then Commssioner, BMP, the next Commissioner, and to the Addl Commissioner of Police (Traffic & Security), who had been mentioned in the Deccan Herald as working on a ploicy on footpaths. Sad to say, I have had no response from any of these worthies.

    I live on 2nd Main, Vyalikaval, Bangalore, which had been provided with wide, well laid out footpaths on both sides, but which over time have been encroached upon by many establishments. I had suggested that this can be used in a pilot trial of a policy.

    I am encouraged by reading the original post on this forum and subsequent contributions, particularly from Mr. Krishnaraj Rao of Bombay. I would like to join forces with the Sanjay Nagar initiative announced by Ms Malini Misra. I don’t know whether I can post my note (5 pages)at this site. I will be happy to e-mail it to any one who expresses an interest. We need a strong policy, and a statement of pedestrian rights that local bodies should protect.
    S.G.Narayanamurthy
    Ph: 9880175065
    gnmurthy34@yahoo.co.in

  3. Kanthi kannan, thats fantastic, i think we got to take cue from this brave woman and do something similar in our city too.. As it is all the footpaths on the mainroads turn into parking lots and interior roads dont have footpaths. So in wake of this i would also like to know more about her efforts.
    And Meera, i also happen to see the poster citizen matters came up with at a recent rally. YOu have sent it to all welfare associations,, it talks about pedestrain safety with zebra crossings as the graphic.. truely commendable..
    keep the great work going.. our next move will be soon..

  4. Why don’t we start a Right to Walk movement here?
    Excerpt from “A right to walk” by Gurcharan Das (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Gurcharan_Das_A_right_to_walk_/rssarticleshow/3049966.cms)
    “Kanthi Kannan, a lady in Hyderabad, has started ‘The Right to Walk’ movement to address this problem. She filed a Public Interest Litigation in 2005 praying for the Andhra High Court to save footpaths in her neighbourhood. She bombarded municipal officials with Right to Information emails, asking why the width of the footpath leading from Mehdipatnam to Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital had been reduced and a structure resembling a Dargah built upon it. By March 2008, her efforts had met with some success. Footpaths were restored, parking forbidden on them, but the structure remained untouched. She discovered that no one is responsible for footpaths. The municipality thinks it is a problem of the Roads and Buildings Department, which denies it and says its job is only to build roads. “

  5. Dear Malini,

    I’m happy to see you all working for the cause of pedestrians in Banaglore. We are doing the same in Mumbai… although our method of working is a bit different.

    To see what we have been doing in recent months, please check out http://friendlyghost.rediffiland.com/iland/friendlyghost_diary.html

    I look forwarded to hearing from you. I wonder if we can fruitfully associate and collaborate.

    Warmly,
    Krishnaraj Rao,
    Spokesman,
    Sahasi Padyatri
    98215 88114

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