The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has submitted suggestions to decongest traffic in the Chandni Chowk area to the National Green Tribunal. The tribunal in turn has fixed July 13 as the date for hearing the plea by the traders’ body that had sought a modification on a previous order banning the loading and unloading of goods in the city between 11 am and 8 pm.
Suggestions filed by CAIT include loading and unloading in a single lane, no loading or unloading between 8 am and 8 pm with regard to inter-state vehicles and a ban on idle parking. CAIT also demanded construction of multi-level parking in commercial areas in Delhi as their absence has made the traffic situation in these areas chaotic and also steps to improve the quality of fuels and engines of the vehicles.
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The traders’ body has also suggested that the Tribunal “ban running of all commercial vehicles within Delhi during peak hours, that is, from 8 am to 11 am and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm”. The suggestions, filed through an advocate, also said that the Tribunal may also direct “that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to be permitted to run within Delhi only between 9 pm and 8 am”.
The green panel had on March 16 directed that “in all the markets, particularly Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, South Extension and Chandni Chowk…loading and unloading would not be allowed from 11 am to 8 pm every day”. After CAIT approached the Tribunal, the tribunal asked the traders to submit suggestions.