How fed up are you of the traffic found on every nook and corner of Delhi? There isn’t a single street in the city that can be traveled through without facing hours of traffic, and with the monsoon coming, this will only get worse. In light of the increasing traffic, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation has come up with a solution to relieve the heart of the city from traffic. After the successful implementation of pedestrianisation in Karol Bagh market, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to make Connaught Place a vehicle free market soon.
What Is It?
Last Sunday, NDMC carried out a pilot project in Connaught Place (CP) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to the proposed plan, vehicles will be prohibited from entering the inner circle of the market. The parking lots and the underground parking in Palika Bazaar will be available only to the vehicles destined to Connaught Place.
Autos and taxis will also be restricted from entering the inner circle and will be allowed to use the middle circle for exit to outer circle. Pick and drop facility for taxis and autos will be allowed only on selected spots in the radial roads which are the roads connecting middle and outer circle.
To keep a check that the rules are being followed and that the order is being maintained, taffic police consultants, civic wardens and NDMC security staff will be present in the area to help commuters adjust to the new setup.
To avoid any sort of inconvenience to the market’s business holders, as well as the visitors, there will be no change in the current entry and exit points to the inner circle and the parking lot.
The pilot project carried out on Sunday was somewhat of a success. A full-fledged plan will be implemented after taking into account all the learnings from the exercise.