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Congestion-free CP still a far-fetch dream as agencies limping in implementation

by on January 24, 2017
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New Delhi: The Centre Government gloat about making the heart of Delhi- Connaught place- congestion free from February 3. Agencies like Delhi Police, New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) were roped it for making the plan a success. However, this impromptu decision seems to be far from becoming the reality.

The vehicular traffic was to be wiped out on trial basis from the Inner and Middle circle of the Connaught Place from February 1. Despite all ou, protests from the traders association government went ahead. Sources said NDMC has averted the project till 20th February due to lack of preparedness.

There is no official confirmation from the NDMC about the tweaks, albeit its officers, on the request of anonymity made it clear that the department does not have the arrangement of E-rickshaws for the effective implementation.

Delhi Traffic Police was to come up with the complete layout plan about how the vehicles are restricted from entering in the inner and middle circle. The source said neither the traffic police nor the NDMC is handy with the plan.

An Official said, “making Connaught Place traffic free is a tough task. It will plague the commuters if implemented without the proper preparation. The government is not ready to make it counter-productive, especially when the traders are blatantly protesting the project. Failure at the trial stage would force the Government to shut the project.

The government is trying to take all the stakeholders on board to avert any kind of embarrassment. Connaught Place has a total of eight points from where entry and exit of traffic are allowed. Traffic police have to chalk out a plan for blocking the entry and exit point. Police are also mulling over to make dedicated lines for, E-rickshaws, which brings the commuters from the parking area to the Connaught Place. As per NDMC plan, those who wish to come to CP for shopping and fun with their own vehicle have to park their vehicle at the dedicated points within the radius of 1-KM near CP. From where E-rickshaw will be made available for them to reach the heart of the city.

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