You may soon find one lane less to drive in on some major arterial roads in the Capital.
To acquaint the public with its traffic circulation plan for the Commonwealth Games, the traffic police will barricade and restrict traffic movement on the lane along the central verge of certain roads.
The trial runs are expected to start in mid-February and would continue till the Games.
Special Commissioner of Police (traffic) Ajay Chadha said the first trial is expected to take place on the route the athletes will take from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to reach the Games Village in east Delhi.
Sources said the traffic police might even carry out trials during the hockey World Cup, from February 28 to March 13, on the route the participating teams will take to reach Dhyan Chand Stadium near India Gate from Le Meridian Hotel.
The plan will later be implemented between the Games Village and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, the venue for opening and closing ceremony of the Games, and other venues.
“We will initially conduct trials on weekends and public holidays. It will later be extended to weekdays,” said Chadha. During the Games, from October 3 to October 14, the lane along the central verge on about 200-kilometre of road network, from the Games Village to the 13 venues, will be reserved for Games vehicles.
It will also give traffic police hands-on experience and provide them the opportunity to identify and address issues that might crop up on taking away one lane off busy stretches.
Officers said trial runs would be carried out for just couple of hours in a day.
Even during the Games, movement of traffic would be restricted on the reserved lane only 2-3 hours before and after the sporting event.
The PWD will have to earmark lanes meant for trial run by painting them in a different colour.