For most Delhiites who head to the malls on the busy Press Enclave Road in Saket, the weekend enthusiasm fizzles out as soon as they reach this stretch. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, stretched over the entire length of the road is a common sight on any given day.
You are mentally and physically exhausted even before the fun begins.
And for those commuters who take this road enroute to their respective destinations, the experience is nothing short of a nightmare.
But wait a while. If authorities are to be believed, relief is in sight for everyone as they have decided to monitor traffic on this stretch.Though all vehicles heading towards the malls will continue to take the same road, but instead of the main road they will now take the service road to enter the malls. The other change is that the exit from the malls will be from the rear side, unlike the present arrangement of vehicles coming out to the main road, further adding to the chaos.
A plan to streamline traffic and parking system in and around the District Centre and Press Enclave Road was approved recently at the governing body meeting of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Centre, (UTTIPEC), a technical body that approves all infrastructure projects in the Capital.
According to UTTIPEC, 60% of the traffic stuck in the jam are actually not headed towards the malls. But they bear the brunt as those coming from the BRT stretch or Qutub have to pass through the Press Enclave Road.
Malls on this road see a footfall of about one lakh per day. Also, the maximum number of visitors come in their own cars and weekends are the busiest.
"A trial run will be soon carried out by the traffic police in consultation with all the stakeholders, as decided at the meeting," said Ashok Bhattacharya, director, UTTIPEC. The trial will be conducted within the next 10 days.
He said a meeting of all the stakeholders including the MCD, PWD, traffic police and the DDA will be held on Friday to work out the modalities for implementing the trial run.
"The road is facing massive congestion at two major points: in front of Metropolitan Mall and Select City Walk Mall. The common point of entry and exit to the underground parking of these malls is resulting in long queues that affect traffic on the main road. Secondly, vehicles taking U-turn at the T-intersection at Modi Hospital also affects the straight traffic as it crosses with traffic coming out of these malls," said a senior official.
As a short-term measure, the 20 metre road along MGF and South Court mall will be connected to the Press Enclave Road and the road behind the mall complex.