Chennai Corporation is reclaiming precious road space from chaotic traffic, unregulated parking, and haphazardly placed utilities to create wide, continuous, and accessible footpaths. This radical approach of designing streets is a part of the Corporation’s initiative to promote walking and cycling in the city.
Chennai Corporation’s Council has adopted a progressive policy that makes walking and cycling – or “non-motorized transport,” (NMT) its priority. Walking and cycling infrastructure will now take center stage and aim to create network of footpaths, cycle tracks, greenways and other NMT facilities. The policy mandates that a minimum of 60% of the Corporation’s transport budget is allocated to construct and maintain NMT infrastructure.