The BJP urban development minister Suresh Khanna termed the cycle tracks made across Uttar Pradesh during the Samajwadi Party’s regime “a cause for traffic congestion”. He further added that such tracks will be demolished in time to accommodate vehicular traffic.
“The cycle tracks in many areas lie unused and cause traffic congestion. We have decided to remove the tracks from narrow roads across the state,” Khanna said during a function in Bareilly.
In the former government’s regime, cycle tracks of various distances were laid down in Lucknow, Noida and Bareilly. In Bareilly, a kilometre long track was built along the Bareilly-Pilibhit highway originating from Satellite bus stop. An ambitious cycle highway was also constructed from SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav home district Etawah to Agra in 2016. The project, which was highlighted as one to broaden the tourist viability in the state, reportedly cost over 100 crore INR.
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“All these tracks never became popular in public and are rarely used even by cyclists. But on another hand they take up a lot of space and inhibit easy traffic movement,” said Khanna.
While this move can be viewed as a way to undo the work done by the previous Samajwadi Party government, Khanna pressed that removing the tracks will only ease the problems of the common people.
“Our Government doesn’t believe in building or destroying symbols. we are only working for the development of the state,” Khanna said.