Make Right based legislation for access to clear footpaths.

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I am a senior citizen travelling to work everyday in Mumbai Suburbs. I use public transport and also walk a fair share of the 9 km distance. In Mumbai where the public transport is better than other metros and the rickshaw and taxi drivers were disciplined till a few years ago I find it frustrating to cover the above mentioned distance now.

Most of the low income earners and ordinary people prefer to walk smaller distances covering 3-4 kms if they get proper and unhindered foot paths and safe road crossings. In the 9 kms I tried to walk, I had to get in to the middle of the road 51 times in heavy traffic conditions because the foot path is blocked by parked vehicles in 2 or even 3 rows, the vendors, the road side garages and blockades erected by shop keepers, housing societies and even the goverment departments.

When we are forced to the middle of the road, many drivers deliberately scare us by indulging in rough driving. 

The obstructions created on the footpaths increases day by day, because the people expected to control it indulges in corruption and exhortion rather than stopping it.

Will the minister who takes pride in increasing the rate of highways made per day, spare a few moments to watch the life and death game played by ordinary pedestrians on Indian Roads. This is the scene from every city and town in India.

If you give it a serious thought and implement it, the vehicular traffic on city roads also can come down.



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