By APD writer Rishika Chauhan
NEW DELHI, September 14(APD): The Delhi government is considering banning vehicles and letting only pedestrians and cycle and battery-operated rickshaws to operate in iconic Chandni Chowk area of Delhi.
The traffic police and the public works department (PWD) have been given the responsibility to prepare a detailed plan to achieve the aim by September-end.
The PWD has also been asked to list the infrastructure and facilities needed to ensure movement of pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles.
During a meeting, it was decided, “The PWD will need to finalise designs and drawings of utilities such as streetlight poles, transformers, toilets, water ATMs, tourist information kiosks and police posts, in consultation with the utility agency concerned and the traders’ associations.”
Additionally, “The department will be responsible for keeping track of the progress to ensure work is completed in the designated period without any delay.”
According to Alok Kumar, the joint commissioner of police providing enough parking space for the visitors at Fatehpuri Masjid and at Red Fort, will be a problem.
Kumar said, “Shoppers will need space to park their vehicles and walk. We will delve into the details of integrating traffic management only after we discuss the issues with the stakeholders. We are likely to have the meeting in the coming days.”
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)