Laws banning jaywalking is only meant for cities that have an alternative for their pedestrians. Delhi is famous for its markets on streets like Karol Bagh, Kamala Nagar, Janpath, Chandini Chowk etc. or rather these are markets that have come to the streets. So.. now where do shoppers walk? obviously on the road.
the pavement of one of the most busy roads of Old Delhi- Ansari Road.
Delhi's roads starting from the pavement towards the road are divided into segments -
- footpath has a paanwala, a water wala, a chai wala, a tabacco stuff wala, chana and other
- stuff wala, newspaper wala, presswala (laundry :P) & a tailor in residential areas..
- then come the cycle-rickshaw people. The most annoying breed on Delhi roads. They think that the roads are made for them to occupy. All along the pavement is a universal rickshaw stand. The situation is worse if there is a bus stop. coz...
- Then come the auto-rickshaw stand. Its the third barricade.. to prevent people from accessing the footpath.
- Then the normal traffic.. obviosuly.. the road was meant for them from the begining.
Bottomline:: we should have two pavements. one for markets and the other for pedestrians. And when the second pavements gets encroached upon.. we can have a third pavement..