Courting better footpaths
While walking to her workplace in Bangalore, Jenny Pinto encounters electrical transformers, uncovered manholes and displaced tiles. After years of trying to nudge people into action for walkers’ rights, Pinto has realized one thing. “That unless citizens take a legal route to make civic authorities understand the importance of walkability, safe roads have no chance,” she says. A designer and a resident of Indiranagar, 53-yearold Pinto did just that by filing a petition last April with the Karnataka high court seeking directions to the government to build better footpaths.