GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - Absence of a footpath in most parts of the Rajgarh Road is a significant observation of a pilot study of walkability that was conducted by the CEE North East. The study covered two roads of Guwahati – about 2-km stretch each of the Rajgarh Road and MRD Road.
According to CEE, walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. This study was conducted in association with Sustainability Urban Mobility Network (SUM Net) India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF). Technical support for the study was given by Dr Abhinandan Saikia, Associate Professor of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus.
The study has come out with a set of recommendations which will be forwarded to relevant departments for their information. CEE NE’s regional coordinator Dr Simanta Kalita said that this is probably the first study on walkability that has been conducted in Guwahati. He said that similar studies need to be carried out in entire Guwahati for making the city pedestrian-friendly.