The CMP seeks to make public transport facilities available to all residents within a reasonable distance from their homes, work places and other destination points. It also seeks to encourage greater use of non-motorized modes by making their use safer. Recognizing that Pune is a rapidly growing city and travel demand will continue to grow, there is no escape from having to decongest some of the highly choked areas and intersections in the city. This is being suggested because long idling of motor vehicles at crowded junctions and corridors adds to pollution and unnecessary use of an imported fuel as also global warming. Measures have also been suggested to discourage the use of motor vehicles and attract a large part of the growing travel demand towards public transport and non-motorized modes.
The above strategy is sought to be implemented through the following broad approach:
- Identification of a number of trunk mobility corridors along which high capacity public transport systems such as BRT/Monorail/LRT/Metro, etc would be considered based on a scientific and detailed alternatives analysis.
- Enhancing the capacity and quality of the public transport so that people are willing to use it instead of moving towards personal motor vehicles
- Providing alternative routes for those having to enter the core city area even when their journey does not begin or end in this part of the city. For this purpose, ring corridors have beensuggested to enable the core city area to be bypassed.
- Providing bypass routes for long distance commuter and truck traffic so that they do not have to travel through the city roads.
- Identifying feeder systems that connect different pockets and wards in the city to the most convenient point in one or more of the mobility corridors
- Providing a network of dedicated cycle tracks, footpaths and pedestrian crossings
- Pedestrianizing important portions of the core city area and linking them with strategic parking places to encourage people to walk in such areas
- Providing flyovers in a few heavily congested junctions/intersections to reduce idling traffic
- Special attention towards road safety
- Introduction of physical and fiscal measures that would discourage the use of personal motor vehicles
- Reform and strengthen the institutional arrangements for managing and regulating the transport system in the city
Mobility Plan Elements
Based on the aforementioned framework of the plan and the strategy for achieving the vision, Mobility plan action items are summarized as follows:
- Mobility Corridor Plan
- Traffic Management Plan
- Public Transport Plan
- Non Motorized Transport Plan
- Passenger and Commercial Terminal Plan
- Flyovers and Bridges Plan
- Travel Demand Management Plan
- Road Maintenance & Management Plan
The public transport plan is supplemented with an extensive bi-cycle network that is both interconnected and continuous that reinforces and feeds into the public transport corridors. As it is assumed that every road must have a walkable and usable footpath no separate footpath plan is provided. For efficient passenger dispersal system from the public transport corridors at-grade/grade separated pedestrian crossings are planned. In order to improve the mobility of the corridors and pave way for the public transport corridors an effective parking management plan that complements the corridor plan is identified. The parking plan in addition to freeing the right of way for the public and non-motorized transport would also act as a demand management tool. A strong and reformed institutional framework is identified to help achieve the mobility plan and the vision. These individual plan elements are detailed in the subsequent sections.