Govt to regulate traffic in Connaught Place to reduce congestion

The middle and inner circular roads of Connaught Place could be made vehicle-free


The pedestrianisation of Connaught Place on a pilot basis would be implemented for three months from February this year. Photo: HT
The pedestrianisation of Connaught Place on a pilot basis would be implemented for three months from February this year. Photo: HT

New Delhi: To reduce congestion in one of the busiest areas in Delhi and promote pedestrian only zones, the central government has decided to regulate vehicular traffic in parts of Connaught Place (CP) on a pilot basis for three months.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by union urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

“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,” said a statement released by the urban development ministry.

To implement this, the middle and inner circular roads of CP could be made vehicle-free. The government is looking to provide effective ‘park and ride’ services from major parking areas.

“Cycle hiring, battery operated vehicles etc., would be deployed effectively for the benefit of those parking vehicles at specified slots to reach the business district and also for the benefit of those using public transport besides senior citizens, women, children etc. to move in the business district,” the statement added.

CP, which is a part of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, is a key centre for tourists, businesses and a commercial hub.

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