A task force comprising officials of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco), New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), Bidhannagar traffic police, motor vehicles, transport department, NGOs and other stakeholders held its first meeting on Monday. It was formed to prepare strategies and policies to develop a more environment friendly public transportation system in New Town .
“We had our first meeting on Monday. We will be taking a 360 degree view on the present public transport system to get a proper perspective towards developing a more environment and climate friendly transportation system in New Town. Surveys will be conducted and plans would be chalked out as to what more ideas could be conceptualised to prepare a masterplan on this,” said Hidco and NKDA chairman Debashis Sen.
Officials said a thorough survey would be conducted on the present public transport system. “It would cover different categories of people, including the low, middle and higher income groups as to what public transport they usually avail of to travel and what kind of vehicles they normally use to reach their workplace.”
“It would also take into account any changes taking place in the use and mode of public transport by different people due to the Covid situation so that we can come out with policies on a stable environment friendly public transport system,” said an official.
Hidco and NKDA had earlier introduced three electric run buses and more will be procured. Electric vehicle charging points have been set up and the authorities are putting a lot of stress on developing e-bikes and cycling as pollution-free public transport modes and encouraging people to use battery operated vehicles.
Already 100 app-based public bicycle sharing scheme with dedicated cycle lanes is operating and 100 e-bikes have also been introduced in the township.