Traffic cops step in to unclog Ravidass Marg
Barred right and U-turns, reduction in stoppage time are some of the measures taken by copsdelhi Updated: Aug 29, 2016 16:55 IST
To decongest Guru Ravidass Marg near Okhla Industrial Area, the Delhi Traffic Police have planned a slew of measures at the intersection below Govindpuri Metro Station. It had been causing traffic snarls on the three kilometre long stretch starting from Govindpuri to Batra Hospital. The stretch connecting Mehrauli-Badarpur (MB) Road is a key link for traffic from Nehru Place, Sarita Vihar, Kalkaji, Alaknanda going towards Okhla Industrial Area, Faridabad and Gurgaon. The stretch faces traffic congestion during peak hours. The measures have been planned as an experiment for a month to begin with. The arrangement will be made permanent if the experiment is successful. However, a week into it already, there is little change on the ground. The new traffic plan needs better implementation, as motorists continue to violate the new arrangement.
STEPS TO REGULATE TRAFFIC:
1. Signal below Govindpuri Metro station closed
According to the plan, the red light at the T-point below the Metro station has been closed. The Delhi traffic police said that it was a major factor for jams here. The speed of the vehicles here would slow down to 20-25 kliometre per hour (kmph) during peak hours resulting in a long tailback. Also, since the road below the station is crowded by dozens of haphazardly parked vehicles and bikers jumping the low divider, the long red light used to delay the already stuck traffic.
2. No right turn from T-point going towards Okhla Phase-III
The police have placed jersey barriers at the T-point below the Metro station, not allowing vehicles to take a right turn from the signal to go to Hotel Crown Plaza side. The green signal for the right turn was turned off and has been made red on a permanent basis.
This would mean that now motorists coming from Govindpuri and Kalkaji would not be able to turn right from here to go to Crown Plaza. They will have to take a U-turn from Kalkaji temple on Maa Anandmayi Marg. Also, those coming from Crown Plaza will not be able to take a U-turn from the T-point.
3. Ten seconds signal for pedestrians below the station
The signal here used to be 40 seconds long, which has been reduced to only 10 seconds for pedestrians. This would further reduce the waiting time and ease up the traffic movement.
Factors behind jam
“Traffic jams are caused here as motorists on Ravidass Marg and Ma Anandmayi Marg going towards Okhla Phase -III jump the signal to avoid taking a U-turn from Kalkaji Mandir. During peak hours this leads to massive pile up on both the stretches, as the traffic coming from both sides is held up at the T-point,” said a senior traffic officer.
The U-turn from Kalkaji is about a kilometre long and most people find it easier to rather jump the signal. This has been a common practice for office-goers as Okhla has many offices and those living in Shyam Nagar, a colony located near Okhla. Also, the absence of traffic marshals at a chaotic T-point throws traffic out of gear.
Also, the foot overbridge (FoB) at the station is not being put to use. Pedestrians jump into the middle of the traffic to cross over to the other end.
This is because the divider under the station is too low, which allows pedestrians as well as two-wheeler riders to wrongly cross over to the other carriageway, which again disrupts the flow of traffic. The traffic officials said there should ideally be medium height grills or railings to make the divider impenetrable.
Another reason for the mess is that the ‘Halt and Go’ point for autorickshaws allowing only five vehicles at a time is not heeded to by the drivers. At any given time, there are hordes of autorickshaws haphazardly parked on the road covering almost two lanes of the carriageway, leaving little room for the traffic to move smoothly. They join the traffic movement abruptly and while turning and waiting in between end up bringing the traffic to a halt.
Another major reason is that a lane below the station allows a short-cut for those going towards Kalkaji and Greater Kailash. However, in the absence of any indicative signboards from Kalkaji up till the Metro station, new motorists happen to miss the road and cross the junction while they come back on a wrong side to take the road again, merging into the traffic moving in the opposite direction.
Situation on the ground
Despite being a week into the new arrangement, vehicles especially three-wheelers including Gramin Sewas (goods carrier) and autorickshaws continue to come on the wrong side for taking right turn, breaching the barriers. Two-wheeler riders too are seen following the practice, violating traffic norms.
Also, heaps of garbage is dumped on the middle of the road while municipal corporation trucks or vans would come in the way of moving traffic to lift the waste from the road to a nearby dhalao, disrupting the traffic movement.