New Delhi: It is better late than never. The Central government has finally woken up from its deep slumber and become active to control vehicular pollution in the national capital along with other cities.

In a bid to minimize pollution, the government has decided to encourage cycling as a mode of transport. Cycle stand is said to be established at the railway stations and bus stands by the year end. The government will provide stylish cycles which will end the hesitation of people who want to use it as a mode of transport.

The Union Urban Development Ministry is engaged in making an outline of the draft in this regard and has formed four sub-groups which will submit their reports by August.

Urban Development Secretary Navin Kumar said cycle stations will be established in the national capital and other cities through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

“Around 1,000 cycles and 40-50 cycle stands will be made available under phase-I,” said Kumar. The scheme prepared on the Chinese model is in the last stage of finalizing. However, the government is silent on creating separate lane for cycles.

JPN/Bureau