UMTC conducts workshop on the safety of pedestrians, safer roads

Nagpur:- Concluded successfully the one-day workshop organized to discuss design and engineering interventions to improve road safety for pedestrians and to design safer streets.

It was organized by Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) in collaboration with Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) under the project ‘ Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Nagpur.

Mobilise Your City is a global technical assistance system funded by the European Union and implemented by AgenceFrançaise.

Inaugurated by Mr. Mahesh Morone, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSSCDCL, the workshop was attended by over 80 participants including officials from NSSCDCL, NMC, NIT, Maha Metro, PWD, Regional Transport Office (RTO), Transport Undertaking, Traffic Police, faculty and VNIT, SMMCA, IDEAS, etc.

The presentations presented various examples of other cities where street re-design helped to reduce pedestrian and 2 wheeler collisions where accidents and deaths were reduced. Safer streets make for safer pedestrians and safer towns. Improved use of pedestrianization, walking, and public transport can contribute to sustainable mobility.

The participants were split into smaller groups during the second half of the session and taken to the nearby junction for a road and junction examination. As part of the workshop, the six groups went to Lokmat junction to identify concerns, bottlenecks and brainstorm solutions with moderators from UMTC and WRI.

Following the site, visit participants worked on proposals for junction design for the problems they identified during their site visit and subsequently each group submitted their proposals. Some of the key observations were lack of continuous footpath, pedestrian ease and differently capable movement ramps, unregulated on-street parking, proper island traffic, and pedestrian refuge areas.

Mr. Mahesh Moroney NSSCDCL, Mr. Devendra Mahajan NSSCDCL, Mr. UdayGhiye NSSCDCL, Mr. Rajesh Dufare NSSCDCL, Mr. Manish Soni NSSCDCL, Mr. Ashalata G. Khapare Inspector of Police (Traffic), Om Sontakke API (Traffic), P.P. Some key participants were Dhankar (NIT), Dr. Vilas Bakde VNIT. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks and invitation to all the officials for future workshops.

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