The Delhi high court on Wednesday decided to monitor the ongoing work of a task force set up by it to decongest city roads, even while allowing all types of vehicles, including non-motorised ones, to ply on them.
A bench headed by acting Chief Justice AK Sikri decided to monitor the task force, set up as part of its February 2010 order. The force had been asked to examine vehicular traffic in the city.
The court’s recommendation had included levying of congestion charges on private vehicles — on the lines of London, Beijing and Singapore — and encouraging people to use public transport.
The bench had asked the task force to evolve a traffic system under which no mode of traffic, including non-motorised bicycles and cycle-rickshaws, were denied access to some roads in the walled area of the city.
The bench had, however, also asked the task force to ensure that non-motorised vehicles plying on these roads did not create traffic snarls.
The monitoring responsibility has been given to a bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and S Muralidhar.
They will examine the special traffic project every alternate Friday.
The court decided to begin monitoring its task force work on a plea by NGO Manushi Sangathan.
The NGO had pointed out that the task force had been set up more than a year ago, but the progress made by it to decongest traffic in the Walled City area was still not known.