India, March 15 -- Walking conditions in the city were never in favour of pedestrians due to segregated land use, low population density and vehicle-centric primary street network development, which increased the distance of travel, encouraged high speed motorised vehicles and incentivised heavy ownership of private vehicles.

In the absence of a comprehensive mobility plan, the road-owning agencies continued to construct flyovers, elevated roads, etc, for decongesting roads and subways/foot overbridges for safe pedestrian crossings - all as stand-alone construction projects, which failed to solve both traffic congestion and pedestrian safety problems.

With this background, a sincere effort was made by the Central government to create a ...