The arterial Diwan Bahadur Road and T V Samy Road in R S Puram are all set to turn less congested and more alive on Sundays. The city corporation and police authorities along with Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDB), an NGO, have identified the two stretches to implement “Car free Sundays”, a concept that has been tried out in various cities across the world and is fast catching up in India.
Corporation officials said that they have planned to try out the idea from the second week of July. “Cars will not be allowed on the two streets on the car-free Sundays from 7 am -11 am. Instead the road and pavement space will be allotted for other activities like jogging, cycling and recreational activities,” said a senior corporation official.
City police officials said they would divert the traffic during the four hours on the selected roads.
“We held a meeting with police officials and ITDP members on the feasibility and modality for implementation of the idea. We have identified the two roads in the first phase and will extend to a few other roads also soon,” said corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan.
ITBP has come forward to provide seating arrangements on the pavement of these two roads.
“People can relax on the pavement once seating arrangements are made. The roads will also made ideal for walking and cycling,” Vijayakarthikeyan said.
ITBP authorities said that the idea was not just to reduce congestion on the two stretches but also to make roads a better and livelier public spaces.
“We will organise performance of musical events on the selected streets and people can enjoy those along with their families. We are planning to encourage various other recreational activities as well,” said Kashmira Dubash, transport planner of ITDP.
She added that the project was very successful in Ahmedabad, Gurgaon and many other cities in the country. “Soon after implementing the idea in D B Road and T V Samy Road, the car-free Sunday concept will be extended to other arterial streets of the Coimbatore city in future,” said Kashmira.