New Delhi, Jun 10 : To make market areas COVID-19 safe and people-friendly, the need of the hour is for Indian cities to consider pedestrianising them, as per the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. As a step towards it, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has recommended holistic planning for pedestrian friendly market spaces in various cities and municipal areas in the country in consultation with stakeholders.
The advisory issued by Mr Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to all states, cities, municipal corporations has also suggested the million plus cities to select at least three market places for pedestrianisation & non-million plus cities to select at least one market area for pedestrianisation in market places, the Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Million Plus Cities may select at least 3 marketplaces and notify them for Pedestrianisation. Non Million plus cities may select at least one market area for pedestrianisation. The planning for pedestrian friendly market space may be done in consultation with the stakeholders – Vendors, Municipal officers, Traffic police, parking facility owners, shop owners and consumers. This will require proper survey of space used in the present scenario by various stakeholders. A movement/direction plan has to be prepared to see that there are designated walking paths where visitors are able to follow social distancing. MORE (UNI)