One-way movement of vehicles, widening of roads, demarcation of para-transit bus stops, introduction of trams and designated parking are among the many ways proposed to decongest the ITO junction. These were among the decisions taken at the 50th governing body meeting of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC).
In the meeting, held under the chairmanship of Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung, it was decided to decongest the junction by introducing a one-way traffic circulation scheme.
The Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) made a presentation at the meeting to show how the junction will be decongested. According to the presentation, traffic coming from Tilak Bridge towards Delhi Gate will have to take a left turn on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg (DDU), head right onto Vishnu Digamber Marg and then towards Delhi Gate. Traffic coming from Laxmi Nagar too will be required to follow the same route.
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Sources said among the suggestions made by representatives of various agencies including the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the body has decided to explore the possibility of trams up to Daryaganj. This will be implemented by the NDMC while the feasibility study will be conducted by PWD and DMRC.
Sources said the body will upload the idea of introducing trams on its website to seek suggestions from the public. Traffic Police will also conduct a trial run of the same to check if the idea will be sustainable in the long run due to the heavy volume of traffic on the route.
Meanwhile, to prevent pedestrians from arbitrarily crossing the road, the PWD will install grills on the central verge to encourage the use of the subway. Sources said the PWD will also be required to take up all works relating to retro-fitting of signages and lane-markings.
Additionally, the DMRC will conduct a survey of identifying parking sites in the area to prevent congestion.
Also under consideration, sources said, is the plan to level both carriageways on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, widen Vishnu Digamber Marg and demarcate para-transit bus stops.