Pune: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) plans to create ‘green corridors’ by developing 14 kilometers of street networks. The project aims to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to use pavements and improve the overall livability of the area.
According to civic officials, five locations, including the D Y Patil College stretch in Akurdi, D P Road in Pimple Nilakh, Nigdi Pradhikaran, Akurdi Station Road, and Bhondwe Chowk in Ravet, have been selected for the ‘green corridors.’
The pilot ’ masterplan will start in Nigdi in a few months, and the project will later be extended to other locations.
The project aims to create healthy, hygienic, and humane neighborhoods that support walking and cycling networks for work, business, education, entertainment, culture, recreation, and leisure. It also aims to increase the share of non-motorized transport in the city while reducing dependence on private motor vehicles. The pavements under ‘Green Corridors’ will have trees and other vegetation planted to protect biodiversity, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce air and noise pollution.
According to Sanjay Kulkarni, who is the joint city engineer at PCMC, the initiative involves planting numerous trees and vegetation along the pavements in a specific way to create a boulevard-like path. This not only adds to the visual appeal but also brings other advantages such as safeguarding biodiversity, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing air and noise pollution, and more.