MGCM Footpath Guidelines “Pedestrian First”
The City of Greater Mumbai is known for many great feats and is one of the most populated cities of India. Increase in population leads to an increase in the use of motor vehicles that occupy the roads of Mumbai city during most parts of the day as well as at night, posing a major problem for Citizens who need to walk to their desired destinations.
The MCGM is obligated to build footpaths for the use of pedestrians. Although the footpaths are built for the benefit of citizens, several issues normally hinder the movement of pedestrians.
Some such issues are related to:
a) Width and height of the footpaths
b) Lack of or damaged guard-railings
c) Uneven surfaces
d) Encroachment by hawkers
e) Cars / bikes parked on footpaths
Inconveniences caused by issues such as these, make it difficult for pedestrians to use the footpaths forcing them to walk on the roads instead. This causes conflict between vehicular and pedestrian transportation and often causes accidents.
Keeping the basic principle of footpath planning to reduce pedestrian conflict with vehicular traffic to minimum, the MCGM has put together a list of rules and guidelines that need to be followed to ensure footpaths which are safe in every respect. Especially with regard to Cross Falls / chambers and service chamber covers, prescribed guard-rail designs and applications, bollards, kerbs and kerb ramps. These guidelines also make certain that the footpaths are user friendly, especially for the disabled and senior citizens.
To view the full Policy/ Circular No. AMC/ES/6217/II dated 30.06.2014 click here.
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