Delhi’s Connaught Place to go vehicle-free from February

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Connaught Place Delhi
Connaught Place Delhi

New Delhi is moving towards a vehicle free zone. Seems that authorities are taking strong actions against the pollution and bad air quality. In a bid to decongest the area, officials have ruled that the middle and inner circular roads of Connaught Place in the heart of the national capital will be vehicle-free from February for next three months on a pilot basis.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday chaired a meeting, attended by officials from the Urban Development Ministry, New Delhi Municipal Council, and the Delhi Police. It was decided that Connaught Place, also called CP, be made vehicle free.

The official release also said that “it was decided that pedestrianisation of Connaught Place on a pilot basis would be implemented for three months from February this year for ground level testing of issues related to changes in traffic circulation, experience of pedestrians and shop owners, management of reclaimed parking lots, traffic load on outer circle etc.

The officials also stated that pedestrianisation could be promoted by declaring the middle and inner circular roads of CP vehicle free by providing effective ‘park and ride’ services from major parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and Palika parking.

Total parking capacity at these three locations is 3,172 and on an average, only 1,088 vehicles are being parked. They also said that the unutilized capacity could be fully used by promoting ‘park and ride’ concept.

Besides cycle hiring, the battery-operated vehicles will also be deployed to take people to the business district.

Naidu also emphasized that congestion-free, accident-free and crime-free experience of visitors shall be the objective of ‘pedestrianisation’.

Erection of smart poles with CCTV cameras to be connected to central command and control centers would be completed by July. The report also sighted that a MoU is also being finalized with MTNL for introducing Wi-Fi services in NDMC area.

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