The Pune Municipal Company (PMC) is planning to implement progressive strategies to allow college students to commute independently to and from faculty. The concept is to make roads safer for youngsters and encourage pupils to cycle or stroll to high school, use public transport and on the similar time decongest site visitors on metropolis roads throughout peak hours.
In July this 12 months, the civic physique introduced a design competitors for city-based delicate city designers and planners to search out ‘implementable concepts’ that may assist scale back site visitors and enhance security close to colleges.
In line with PMC knowledge, at present, 4% of scholars cycle to high school whereas 21% of scholars use personal automobiles (two-wheelers and vehicles) in Pune. This case is alarming and this modification in journey behaviour is adversely affecting metropolis’s well being and site visitors and must be reversed, say specialists.
A number of areas the place colleges are positioned, witness site visitors chaos throughout peak hours when colleges begin and recover from. The PMC, by means of this plan, intends to decongest roads round faculty areas throughout morning and night hours.
A PMC official mentioned the civic physique has allotted ₹one crore for the plan. As of now, round 9 professionals have registered for the competitors. They are going to be given one and a half months to submit their proposals.
“A jury will assess the submissions. By Diwali, three greatest groups will probably be chosen and awarded ₹5 lakhs every. Their concepts will probably be trailed with or with out adjustments, in December, for suggestions. Earlier than the top of this monetary 12 months in March, a minimum of one of many proposals will probably be carried out,” mentioned Nikhil Mijar, transport panner with PMC.
Below the plan, PMC has divided the town into 9 high-priority zones primarily based on faculty focus – Deccan Gymkhana, Hadapsar, Lohegaon-Dhanori, Kothrud, Vadgaon-Budruk, Parvati-Bibwewadi, Pashan, Kondhwa and Kharadi. The individuals can select any of those zones and create a ‘context-based, sensible design resolution’ which is ‘simple to implement, low price and requires much less upkeep’. The proposal ought to embody site visitors administration measures, a parking administration plan, public participation and stakeholder session, a non-motorised transit infrastructure enchancment plan, and so on.
Not like earlier, dad and mom are actually unwilling to permit youngsters to cycle or stroll to high school. Mijar mentioned, “Again in my time, most kids got here to high school on bicycles, making it onerous to establish one’s cycle from the ocean of cycles that had been parked at school. However right now the scenario is totally different.”
Dad and mom quote a sequence of causes, from air pollution to site visitors, for not letting their wards commute independently.
Sunil Shivale, who’s a trainer at New English Faculty, Ramanbaug, mentioned, “Dad and mom are not looking for their ward to commute independently for numerous security causes.”
Usha, a mum or dad of two school-going youngsters, mentioned, “Media studies about crimes have made us apprehensive about sending youngsters alone to high school. There must be a safe and strict system towards crimes involving youngsters. My little one’s faculty is at a 15 minutes distance, however we favor that he makes use of the college bus. There’s additionally the suspicion of drug sellers in and round colleges.”
Milind M Naik, principal of Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Sadashiv Peth, mentioned,” A minimum of 50% of scholars right here from Courses 8 to 10 cycle to high school. If the PMC implements the college journey enchancment plan it is not going to solely assist to regulate site visitors however commuting independently may contribute to the general persona growth of scholars.”
Mijar added that first, the mindset has to alter after which there must be a well-set system that may assist college students to commute safely. “Emergency providers, helplines, calmer streets, extra timber for shades, assist from faculty authorities and an empathetic common public, and so on can go a great distance in making this doable,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that with rising automotive house owners and reducing household sizes, we can not hold constructing flyovers and increasing roads. “We have to discover latent passive measures that may successfully scale back the congestion. Many international locations like US and Canada are already utilizing related tips for pupil security and site visitors management,” he mentioned.
Registration ended on July 31
Notification despatched to chose groups on August 1
Design proposal submission date: September 12
Notification to be despatched to chose groups: September 16 (tentative)
Jury date: September 23 (tentative)
Winner announcement: September 30 (Tentative)
Submission of working/ tender/ drawings and idea report for trial: October
On floor trial: November/December
(Supply: PMC web site)