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Kolkata Sector V gets first cycle lane, more in the offing

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Following the New Town model, the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) is demarcating cycle lanes on one-way stretches in Sector V for cyclists to move on the streets freely.

Officials said they had decided to set up cycle lanes and cycle stands in the IT hub after noticing that many people come for work there by riding cycles from nearby areas. Even the food delivery boys mostly use cycles in Sector V.

To begin with the project, a cycle lane has already been demarcated with a green marker on the right flank of the College More crossing-bound road from SDF Building.

The authorities have recently set up free cycle parking stands at four places of Sector V — near Webel Bhavan, Godrej Waterside, below the Wipro flyover and inside Nabadiganta Bhavan. About 25 cycles can be parked at each stand.

The NDITA officials said they are demarcating reserved lanes for cycles in Sector V. Conveniently, there are several stretches including the main thoroughfare from SDF building junction, where both the flanks are one-way. As there is already much space for vehicles to pass, only half a lane of the right flank is being demarcated as cycle lane,” said an official.

“The cycle stands have been set up so that cyclists can move on freely using the cycle bay. More cycle stands are going to be set up soon,” said the official. “It is helping us as we can move on both ways through the cycle bay to enter on the inner lanes,” said a food delivery boy. The NDITA has been exploring options to maximise the use of cycles in Sector V. Earlier, the authorities issued a notification, asking all office complexes and parking lots to reserve some space for parking cycles.

Source: Times of India

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