No cars or buses will be seen in Delhi's commercial hub Connaught Place from February. According to reports this step has been taken as a pilot project as a preparation for the launch of the Smart City plan. The ban on movement of vehicles has been imposed in middle and inner circles of Connaught Place.
The authorities plan to counter pollution as well as congestion in this area as its one of the costliest areas in the country.
To avoid inconvenience effective ‘park and ride’ services from major parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg Palika parking will be provided. Total parking capacity at these three locations is 3,172 and on an average only 1,088 vehicles are being parked.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting attended by officials from the Urban Development Ministry, NDMC and Delhi Police. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. At the meeting they also discussed the possibility of landscaping, developing water bodies, side walk cafes, public plazas, holding light and sound shows and street festivals.
Their main objective is pedestrianisation.
While policy makers are hailing this decision, progress traders seemed upset about the move, “This is a very absurd idea. CP is a commenrcial centre, not a tourist destination. The moment inner circle will be made vehicle-free, the outer circle will be choked. We have already seen a demo on the Yoga day,” said Atul Bhargava, president, New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA).
The Smart City project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last June, under which 20 cities were set aside for urbanisation and development.
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