Delhi government on Monday cleared a proposal to set up an umbrella body for the transport sector, which will take care of issues related to infrastructure development and managing traffic.
The proposed Delhi Urban Mass Transit Authority (DUMTA) is envisaged to function as a nodal agency between various government departments such as Traffic Police, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure a world class transport infrastructure in the city as well as to maintain traffic discipline.
DUMTA, modelled on systems in New York, London and Boston, was approved at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"We have cleared the proposal. It is aimed at addressing the concerns of transport sector in the capital," said Dikshit.
The clearance came after the government received a green signal from the Union Home Ministry for setting up the authority, officials said.
The government will bring a bill in the Assembly for setting up of DUMTA. After the Assembly's approval, the bill will go for clearance to the Home Ministry and the Urban Development Ministry.
Roads and other transport related projects to be undertaken by PWD will come under DUMTA.
In 2008, Dikshit wrote a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram requesting him to bring traffic police under the city government. Chidambaram had consented for establishing a body to integrate the functioning of various departments related to transport.