Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to make children’s traffic park in Aundh on the lines of Traffic Playground in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark.
This park will help children learn about road safety and traffic rules.
The PMC wants to create awareness about traffic rules and regulation in the new generation.
Inspired by kid-sized traffic park, the target visitors for this park would be urban centimetre (CM). This means children having a height of 95 cm or below will be considered as prime visitors of this park.
The facilities at this park will be designed for the children from the age group of 4 to 5 years.
According to PMC official, “This facility will be really useful for the kids to teach them on traffic rules at a very age. Many children ride a bicycle to school from six years of age, so they need to be made aware of the traffic discipline at a young age.”
The traffic playground was built in Copenhagen in 1974. Recently, PMC’s Road Department officials visited European countries to study road safety and traffic-related issues. After that, the Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs conducted a workshop on the concept of Urban-95 in Udaipur (Rajasthan) where PMC officials presented traffic park concept. The civic body is working on the concept and it will take six to seven months time to shape up this concept.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Superintendent of PMC Road Department Dinkar Gojare said, “We have identified space in Aundh Road near Bremen Chowk. It is around one acre of land where we are going to make traffic plaza for kids. We surveyed 11 schools around Aundh area and to check the feasibility of plaza. We found around 5,000 children in the category of Urban 95.”
He further elaborated, “Traffic plaza will consist of small roads that wind in and out between lawns, shrubs and trees. The traffic signals and signs will be made to match the size of children visiting this area. There will be mini signals, driveways, road marking, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike paths, a gas station a roundabout, bus stops and traffic lights. Due to the shortage of space, we will accommodate some of the features in Aundh Traffic Park.”
The officials with traffic police have appreciated this concept and they have offered two acres of land in Yerwada area to implement this concept on a bigger scale, informed Gojare.
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