'High court notice to government on Pedestrian Safety'
From the Hindu - 'HC Notice to State ... pedestrian safety'
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered issue of notices to the State government and various civic authorities on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking direction to ensure safety of pedestrians in Bangalore city.
The petitioners sought directions to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the city police to remove all advertisement hoardings and obstructions on all footpaths and medians in the city to ensure safety of pedestrians.
They also sought directions to various authorities to jointly maintain the footpaths on all roads in the city by providing access for prams, wheelchairs and safe crossing zones/zebra crossing at regular intervals with suitable escorts for persons with disabilities, children and senior citizens.
The petitioners also pleaded to the court to direct the authorities to ensure that adequate pedestrian facilities are provided as per Indian Road Congress standard prior to building new roads as such considerations have been overlooked in the construction of flyovers expressways, underpasses, metro project and so on.
From the DNA - 'HC asks government about footpaths'
After hearing a petition that chided the city as no-man's land for pedestrians, Karnataka high court issued notices to civic agencies, seeking their statement on the issues raised in the petition.
Jenny Pinto and others have contended in the public-interest petition that Bangalore is not a pedestrian-friendly city as footpaths in various parts of the city are in peril. The petition says that as the city's population increased manifold, it has seen an increase in the number of flyovers, underpasses and magic boxes, adding that all the developments have been done only for motorists, while totally ignoring the pedestrian.
From The New Indian Express- 'High Court notices to ... on pedestrian safety'
The High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the state government, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and others in connection with a PIL seeking better facilities for pedestrians in the city.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna issued notices to the state government, BBMP, BDA, PWD, KRDCL, and KSPCB, and directed them to file objections.
The counsel representing the petitioner submitted, “According to a survey, one pedestrian dies every day in the city and NIMHANS states Bangalore is the fourth most dangerous city for pedestrians.” For example, there was no pedestrian space at the flyover junction near Indiranagar-Koramangala Ring Road, he said.