Hyderabad: Govt to do mapping in areas to make them cycle-friendly zones!

Cycling has been undertaken as one of the healthy exercises by the citizens of Telangana. Hoping to bring down pollution and safeguard the environment, the Telangana government has decided to promote cycling as a transport option in the significant cities of Telangana. The state government is considering to make the best use of the central government’s initiative ‘India Cycle4Challenge’ (C4C Challenge) under the smart cities mission by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Out of the 95 cycle-friendly cities across India that have enrolled for the Challenge, three cities—Hyderabad, Warangal and Karimnagar are from Telangana.

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According to the government, the Hyderabad Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (HUMTA) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) are providing the required technical information and direction for executing the C4C Challenge in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) control.  Hyderabad’s Khairatabad region which falls under the Central Zone has been chosen by HUMTA and GHMC to implement the C4C challenge. The concerned officers are in talks with the Hyderabad Traffic Police to prepare plans for cycle tracks in Khairatabad Central Zone.

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23 km in Khairatabad has been identified covering 7 cycle tracks. Initially, 10 km will be considered for implementation. Based on the feedback, the other tracks will be decided accordingly. As part of the implementation of cycle tracks, necessary signages, road markings, temporary barricading and plug play bollards will be provided. Available spaces at HMRL stations, TSRTC terminals /depots, MMTS stations will be used for locating Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) Docks, for the purpose of first and last-mile connectivity.

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