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Public Bicycle Sharing System To Be Launched in Bhubaneswar Smart City

Bhubaneswar:2/5/18: The city planners here administrators have decided to introduce Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system to curb the vehicular.

Controlling harmful emissions, causing less air pollution and last but not the least, promoting a healthy life-style, Public Bi-cycle Sharing (PBS) system would be the answer to city’s green transport possibility and vision, as there would be many citizens who are eager to use this alternative. This will also act as a complementary service to provide greener first and last mile connectivity to city’s proposed modernized bus services, said officials.

The city administration has put more stress on use of cycles as the means of transport` to remain smart. The Smart City Proposal has categorically stressed on development of a non-motorised, green and healthy city transport network.

In a high-level meeting held today at the State Secretariat, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation presented a road map how to go about the PBS and make it user friendly and effective.

While a dedicated cycle lane will be developed as part of a futuristic 120 km major road under the Complete Street Plan, in the first phase there will be a 40-km stretch and the two main focus areas will be Smart District and Info City areas, hereafter referred as core area.

It may be noted here that without a dedicated cycle track in the city, the cyclists always remain vulnerable to speeding light and heavy vehicles. So as per the provisions under the Complete Street Guidelines the cycle track will have safety as a major concern for the cyclist.

In the first phase, 3,500 bicycles shall be deployed in remotely controlled parking spaces located in every 400-500 metre distance within the core area. All the cycles shall have remote locking and unlocking facilities. In case of deficit of cycles in a particular zone, cycles would be transported to the deficit zone from surplus area.

To provide better transit linkages with the existing city bus services  the parking spaces   shall be placed near bus stops. With this a person can come to a major junction to take a bus and after the mode to ensure first mile (home to bus stop) and last mile connectivity (public transport to home). The Phase-I plan of PBS will include Janpath, Cuttack-Puri Road, Jagamara-Sundarpada Road, Bidyut Marg, Airport-Nandankanan Road, Sachivalaya Marg and National Highway.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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