No vehicles inside Connaught Place for three months starting February

Naidu also stressed that a congestion free area will offer an accident free and crime free experience of to visitors.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 6, 2017 3:11 am
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IN AN attempt to ease traffic congestion at Connaught Place, the Ministry of Urban Development has decided to make the Inner Circle and the Middle Circle of the colonial-era shopping arcade a no-go zone for cars, buses and two wheelers starting February for three months.

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Thursday held a meeting to discuss how the plan will be implemented. “We will implement the pedestrianisation plan for Connaught Place on a pilot basis to see how this works on the ground.”

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Naidu also stressed that a congestion free area will offer an accident free and crime free experience of to visitors.

The ministry said this was being done to test the modalities because surveys conducted at Times Square in New York have showed shopping experiences becoming rewarding ones in vehicle-free zones. According to the surveys, no traffic led to improvement in businesses as well.

“Everything depends on the implementation, availability of alternative means of mobility and customer and trader response. If this is a success, it will be included in future master plans for cities across the country,” said a senior government official.

Once the plan is implemented, the government will survey and study the response of people, the circulation of traffic, especially on nearby roads connected to the Outer Circle, and how reclaimed parking lots are used for setting up smaller shops or sale kiosks, sources said.

The Centre, however, said that Thursday’s meeting was only a preliminary discussion. “The Delhi traffic police and the NDMC have been asked to prepare detailed reports on the preparations to be made as part of the action plan which we will peruse later this month,” a government official said.

The Centre said the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Police officials have suggested an efficient ‘park-and-ride’ service at major parking complexes nearby.”There are parking complexes at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking lot all three of which have a combined capacity of 3,172 vehicles, though ordinarily an average of 1,088 are parked in these complexes every day,” the official said.

“Those who want a ride to go from the parking complexes to Connaught Place will be able to hire cycles. Battery-operated vehicles will also be made available. The NDMC is going to provide this and the cost will be borne by them. Traffic police will deploy personnel to block entry points,” a government official said.

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    sonali kapoor
    Jun 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    It will be a great practice, the place really needs some place on the roads. There are so many other activities happening in and around the place that gets ignored because of traffic problems, see some great stories on Roposo s: goo.gl/4eFEF4. Cp will be a much celebrated place with no traffic or vehicles.
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    Ashok Khera
    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    Please look into the annoying sanitation conditions in Middle Circle and Inner Circle of C.P. And what about vendors encroaching veah and open spaces in Inner Circle. During the three month period, summer season shall also set in and think about drinking water facility for visitors. Plan should be well thought and should not cause inconvenience to any body. The possibility of business loss, if any, to the shop owners should also be considered.
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    k.b.ganesan
    Jan 6, 2017 at 4:05 am
    SO far no govt in centre has the guts to limit potion growth in India and in major cities.Pl study MOSCOW IN LIMITTING GROWTH in cities in metropolitan areas however unpor measures may be.Till today we do not have plans for car parking in METROS , whether VIPS /s.r citizens.
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    k.b.ganesan
    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:54 am
    unlike DEMONITISTION,PL EXAMINE pros@ cons before introducing " NO CARS IN C.P. inner circle. Elderly and those who need physical help will have to forego C.P , as you cannot expect senior citizens to trudge along with packets leave alone walking around.. lt;br/gt;UNDER ground metros with trolleys have to be provided.. As an interim measure pick up points would help the GOOD OLD DAYS;;;; C.P WAS only a major marketing centre ,even now C.P IS A WELL KNOWN area for good market. Pl do not ruin this choice for elderly.
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:40 am
    Another Thoughtless Action.
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    Rajat
    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:29 am
    Good point, hope now times to do to so to make markings available for parking
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    Rajat
    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
    Hope all points should be noted so that when implemented would be smooth to go shopping in CP.
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    Rajat
    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
    Time for some change for a good way of clean shopping in Cp.
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