If the Delhi Traffic Police is to be believed, those who take any of the roads on the dedicated Games lane route will have to remember them.
The dedicated Games lane route, which will come into effect from Thursday, are, at some places, either unmarked or damaged. If commuters want to avoid the 105-km-long dedicated route, the traffic police suggest studying the Games lanes’ map thoroughly, so that they don’t unintentionally drive into the unmarked stretches.
Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic) said: “It’s true that in some places the lane marking is yet to be done, while some other stretches are damaged. If the civic agencies don’t complete their work despite repeated requests, we cannot do anything about this. We have published the map of the dedicated lanes and people may gather clarity about the same. Besides, we will deploy 3,500 traffic personnel on the dedicated lanes to help the lane drivers.”
Four days ahead of the arrival of athletes to the Capital for the Commonwealth Games, several roads are yet to be repaired and many other are prone to waterlogging.
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC), however, said the lanes are almost ready to ferry the guests without any trouble. “All roads that come under dedicated Games lane are mostly ready. Athletes will not have to face any problem while taking a ride on them,” said Lalit Bhanot, OC’s secretary general.
Even officials confirm that road signage and lane marking are yet to be completed in several stretches including Ring Road bypass, Ma Anandmayi Marg, Aurobindo Marg, Road Number 58, and Bhairon Road among others.
The traffic department had, on September 9, issued letters to all agencies concerned, including the Public Works Department, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, asking them to repair the roads at war footing.
But with just four days left, many roads are still as they were before, said a senior traffic police officer.