The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to develop an 8.5 km bicycle track along Trimbak Road. It will be the first such track in the city.
The civic body will develop more cycle tracks along arterial roads in the city depending on the success of the project. The track will begin from Hotel Rajdoot near Golf Club ground and will end on the boundary of the civic limits on Trimbak Road.
The track is to be developed as one of the several works that the civic administration is to undertake through deferred payment. The whole project that includes the track as well as road widening is estimated to cost Rs 25 crore and expected to be completed next year.
Municipal commissioner Sanjay Khandare said, “Normally, there is a rush of four-wheelers and motorcycles on the roads. But there is no separate way for workers, students and other citizens using bicycles. We have decided to develop a 8.5 km-long cycle track along the Trimbak road on an experimental basis. The work will begin soon.”
“We will also develop more cycle tracks on major roads in the city if this trial project becomes successful. The project will be accomplished either through deferred payment or through Kumbh funds,” he added.
The general body meeting had recently passed a proposal to carry out major internal and outer ring roads worth Rs 250 crore through deferred payment.
Kiran Chavan, president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association (CREDAI), Nashik, said, “Such a track along Trimbak Road has been our old demand. We welcome the decision of the NMC to develop a separate cycle track along Trimbak Road. This cycle track will not only help college or school students, but also hundreds of workers going to Satpur and Ambad industrial areas of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Moreover, cars and buses would also ply smoothly on the roads. More tracks are needed in the city.”