Cycling tracks, footpaths, pedestrian crossings every 500 metres, green patches, vending zones, and more – the Rs 11.3-crore makeover plan to give an MG Road stretch a “European look” has been set in motion.
Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) officials said on Thursday that work for streetscaping and beautifying the portion between the Sikanderpur Metro Station and the IFFCO Chowk began this June.
The first-of-its-kind project in Gurgaon will involve construction of pedestrian friendly infrastructure, cycle tracks, green spots with a children’s play area, benches, bus stops and vending zones.
Officials said MG Road was chosen for redevelopment as it was an arterial stretch, often called the city’s “mall road”. Lined with residential societies, metro stations, commercial clusters and malls, the road doesn’t have adequate infrastructure to cater to pedestrian movement or cyclists.
“This is our first project for streetscaping and development in the city. Apart from supporting infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, we will develop walkways in green areas with space to sit and children’s play areas. There will be vending zones, bus queue shelters and a table-top crossing every 500 metres, so that people can cross the road without having to use the metro station or jaywalking,” said Amit Godara, GMDA executive engineer.
Though the project was first planned in 2021, a tender floated that year wasn’t issued as the interested companies didn’t have adequate experience in streetscaping. The tender was floated again last August, and the work allotted in April this year.
Work is expected to finish by December, officials said.
Residents of the area said they are looking forward to the revamp but they are worried about encroachments. “Beautification of MG Road is welcomed, but it will not be successful till we address concerns about encroachments and illegal establishments on the stretch. All over the world, pedestrians and cyclists have shared spaces. We have to take our car just to reach the mall, which is a walking distance from our house,” said Rajeev Sinha, president of Essel Towers RWA.
Source : TOI