Not so long ago, residents and visitors alike gushed over the pleasure of walking along the fragrant tree-lined avenues of Bangalore. Today walking in the city is a nightmare. What changed, and what can be done to encourage and protect pedestrians?
As urban centres thrive and expand beyond the reach of walking and cycling distances, it becomes important for cities to understand and provide the most efficient and sustainable ways of moving people and goods. Can transit oriented development hold the key?
Some 50 Indian cities are looking at existing and proposed metro rail networks to relieve woes related to mobility and congestion. But with the prevailing planning, land use, and connectivity, will that remain a pipe dream?