Encroached, broken and uneven footpaths of Delhi
"A review meeting will be held after two weeks to chart out a time-bound action plan for joint action by the civic agencies and Delhi Police to remove hindrances from the footpaths and make them pedestrian-friendly," said a communique from the governor house in November 2015. Most of Delhi's footpaths continue to be encroached, broken and uneven, making them extremely dangerous for pedestrian use. Ideally, footpaths should be smooth and even, with no crinkled or unsafe surfaces that can cause people to fall and injure themselves. Even, landscaped and clean footpaths make streets and main roads look beautiful and walker friendly. Though municipalities in Delhi seem to be making efforts in this direction, but they need to focus on standards, creating standard barriers for motorcycles, penalize encroachers and illegal parking.
A number of places footpath's run over drains with open manholes. Spotting an electric pole with open wiring or razor fencing wire running across the footpath, that can slit someone's throat isn't rare. Badly maintained and encroached footpaths significantly contribute to Delhi's continuously hazardous air. “Delhi Police has informed that as and when any instance about illegal encroachment comes to notice, the concerned land owning agency is informed about illegal encroachment. Besides this, the Delhi Police provides assistance to the concerned civic agencies in the removal of any kind of encroachment on public land and legal action is taken as per law in case any encroachment is noticed,” Said a reply by Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in response to a question raised by Shri. Ram Kumar Kashyap in parliament. Clearly, there is a significantly visible gap between intentions and execution. The Government must provide a unified platform to enable citizens to raise the complaint and the status must be provided to complainant without harassment or requests for face to face meetings.