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Footpaths or Footraps!
  By SnehalathaNaidu02 May 2016
posted 12/05/11 10:46:51
We need footpaths. Footpaths that work! Footpaths which make it possible for pedestrians to walk. Quite simply a path for people going on foot! A Footpath (also pedestrian way, walking trail, nature trail) is a thoroughfare intended for pedestrians but not for motorized vehicles. The term is often for paths within an urban area that offer shorter quieter routes for pedestrians. But this term will soon be forgotten for those in Bangalore. We do have footpaths but certainly not for safe pedestrian walking! There have been those footpaths where one can walk safely with head held high without fear of tripping on a loose stone. Then there were those where one had to tread very carefully head bowed down to ensure that one didn’t trip and land face down on the pavement! There have also been those with yawning holes wide enough to accommodate a foot and leave the walker shocked and very disturbed. With all the construction activity in many areas it isn’t uncommon to see building materials strewn all over the footpath making the pedestrian walk on the road nervously looking this way and that for fear of being run down by a motorist, two wheeler or auto who always needs to get somewhere asap! Then there are those diligent footpath vendors who liberally decorate the footpath with footwear, fruits, food stalls etc! All requests, politely or otherwise have fallen into deaf ears and they have become permanent landmarks in the area. Most of the footpaths on the main roads have been narrowed. The authorities need broader roads to accommodate a burgeoning city replete with many hundred vehicles added on a daily basis. Let me mention those footpaths which have been generously concreted by builders who felt that it was their God given right to present such an entrance to their many apartment owners. Never mind if there are rain water drains and chambers as old as the last Century beneath them! Are the powers that be listening? Will BBMP ever be able to replace all the footpaths in areas that have none? Will road widening also mean decent footpaths in Bangalore? Beware Bangaloreans! You simply cannot be footloose on the footpath anymore!


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