KTR lays the foundations for a cycle path

Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao said the government wants to widely promote cycling as a mode of transportation and leisure, developing relevant infrastructure throughout the city.

During the laying of the foundation stone for a 23-kilometre solar-roofed cycle path along the outer ring road service road near Nanakramguda on Tuesday, Mr Rama Rao said another proposal was to develop a similar 46 kilometer track around Osmansagar to Gandipet.

In addition, several cycle paths are under construction in all areas under the jurisdiction of the GHMC, he said, stressing the importance of cycling in promoting “physical literacy”.

He said the possibility of allowing bicycles on the metro is being considered by the government. Underlining the government’s commitment to promoting non-motorized and people-friendly transport solutions, Mr. Rama Rao said the track not only fulfills this promise, but also generates solar energy, saves land requirements and reduces carbon emissions. The track, which is expected to be completed before next summer, could also be used to host international cycling tournaments.

A similar cycle path in South Korea, another in Dubai, was studied by an official team before the path was conceptualized. The 4.5 meter wide runway, open 24/7 with full security features including CCTV camera monitoring, is also safe for women, the elderly and children said Mr. Rama Rao, saying it is the first time in India that such a track has been developed. .

The rooftop solar panels have an installed electrical capacity of 16mW and the track is lined with facilities such as food kiosks, restrooms, parking docks, bike repair stations and first aid centres, in addition to bicycle rental stations. A model track with a length of 50 meters was developed by HMDA on site.

Mr. Rama Rao also revealed plans to develop the areas of Vikarabad, Chevella and Rajendranagar for their tourism potential. The government is also considering the establishment of wellness centers and recreational activities in the hills of Anantagiri, where 275 acres of government land plots are available.

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