RESEARCH TAKEAWAYS 



DESENSITIZATION TO SAFETY HAZARDS

An average factory worker in Udyog Vihar walks over two kilometers from their home in Kapashera village or the border bus station to their workplace.

Making their journeys from and through infrastructure-deprived settlements, factory workers walk through muddy paths and concrete roads — rather than deesignated sidewalks.

Resorting to the road for the rest of their long walking journeys,  they are immersed in the danger on a daily basis that most of them become desensitized to the safety hazards. Consequently, opting for the foot-over-bridge does not come naturally to them.


NO PLACE TO WALK

Since there is an absence of a designated walkway, pedestrians find it hard to navigate their way to Udyog Vihar. Street vendors, trees, power transformers, property gates and parked vehicles — all together ensure that pedestrians and cyclists don’t have a clear right of way.

As a result, people prefer to walk along the green buffer divider to be able to follow a straight path.
VISUAL CUES

The active edges of the road are marked with the concrete line crack along the road. People intuitively follow the line to stay within the lined extent, while the vehicles move on the other side.

PLYING THREE WHEELERS

The autorickshaws ferry passengers from the entry point of Udyog Vihar to the doorstep of respective factories.

Most workers are unable to afford the shared auto-ferries because they are charged ₹10 for any distance — long or short. Since there are very few workers who can afford the luxury, the auto rickshaw drivers sit idle.

The Delhi state administration does not allow these autos to board passengers across the border from the Kapashera bus stand. Furthermore, the drivers don’t have adequate space to park or stop for boarding.

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