Taking note of HT’s six-week-long Unclog Delhi campaign, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has set up a high-powered, inter-ministerial committee that will prepare a detailed action plan within 45 days to decongest the Capital.
Fixing accountability for planners, builders and the municipal officials can go a long way in addressing rampant illegal construction going on in the city, Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said at an ‘Unplugged at HT’ session on Monday.
Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu believes that better traffic management near Delhi Metro and flyover construction sites and implementation of differential parking charges are a few short-term measures that could decongest Delhi.
Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung has promised to implement suggestions made by Hindustan Times to decongest the Capital’s crowded streets and choked arterial roads.
Increasing number of cars and two-wheelers, ongoing metro and flyover constructions on several arterial roads and poor driving and rampant traffic violations have reduced traffic speed in Delhi to a great extent.
An arterial road that links trans-Yamuna region to the rest of the Capital, Vikas Marg is one of the lifelines of east Delhi. With a traffic volume of nearly 90,000 vehicles every day, it is a motorists’ nightmare.
Traffic crawls on this stretch, one of Delhi’s oldest road links. While road infrastructure has improved slightly, encroachment and commercialisation have wreaked havoc.
Till about three decades ago, it used to be a narrow stretch of road that would see an occasional car amid inter-state buses and trucks. Now NH24 has become the arterial road that connects east Delhi with Ghaziabad and Noida and is choked with traffic all the time.
Five years ago, the Outer Ring Road’s south Delhi stretch was one of the most congested roads in the city. And the traffic didn’t move, it crawled. Five years and a series of flyovers later, the traffic on the stretch remains where it earlier was – in a snarl.
Major choke points make commuting a painful experience in Delhi. Over the next few weeks, HT will identify some of them and suggest possible solutions. On Day 1 we look at the DND flyway-AIIMS stretch which is a traffic nightmare almost every day, especially at the Ashram crossing.
The lush green Central Delhi with its broad roads, grand buildings and high security zones is one of the most-well planned areas of the country. However, the planners did not anticipate the huge volume of traffic
True, the growing number of cars and finding a place to park them is one of Delhi’s biggest urban nightmares. It has also led to a host of other problems — traffic congestion, no walking place, road rages and even murders. Darpan Singh reports.
A common problem binds all parts of south Delhi, getting a space to park your car. And it cuts across areas: Be it a posh colony with big bungalows or crammed neighbourhoods without a glimmer of sunlight.