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“Where are we to walk” – a great documentary about pedestrians in Pune

Posted in Current Affairs, Pune by Amit Paranjape on June 17, 2010
The rains are looking good this year. That’s great news for farmers and the increasingly water starved citizens of Pune. However for pedestrians and motorists, it’s a different story all together. With the onset of monsoon, the regular and ‘routine’ chaos increases many times over. Just a few days back, there was this tragic story about a person who lost his life after falling into the open cover of a water drain.
 
Often the pedestrians debate centers around the fact that we have too many vehicles. That is part of the problem(and a topic for a separate discussion around mass-transit, etc.) – but not the only issue. The big issue in my opinion, is the lack of basic planning and execution in the civic infrastructure. We see far too many footpaths, pedestrian walkways and crossings that are not well designed, partially built, encroached upon, broken up, etc.
 
Parisar Pune, I-CE, Alliance For Global Education and Janwani  helped create a great documentary (Here is some more background about this effort from Parisar.org) about the state of the pedestrians in Pune. It captures the status and issues extremely well. The film was conceptualized and and shot by Susan Michet, an American Student, in May 2009. Here is the link to this documentary:
 

[Related blog: Groups/Initiatives/NGOs working for a sustainable Pune traffic management ]

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