The restrictions on the exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games will not come into force from Thursday, as announced earlier. Reason: Very few athletes arriving in the city besides absence of a practice schedule.
The traffic police are planning to enforce the dedicated lanes on Sunday, with a large number of athletes expected to reach the city.
“We might need to enforce the dedicated Games lanes on Sunday, when around 385 athletes are scheduled to arrive. Again on Tuesday, 671 athletes are expected to come to the city, while Wednesday and Thursday will see around 893 and 940 of them arriving.
As many as 925 athletes are scheduled to reach on Friday,” said a senior traffic official. However, the traffic police might reschedule it after they get the formal practice schedule, the officer added.
Initially, restrictions on vehicular movement were expected to be imposed from Monday. However, a delay in notification from the transport department, on imposing a fine of Rs 2000 to the traffic norm violators under the Motor Vehicles Act, forced the traffic police to reschedule it for Thursday.
However, despite receiving the notification, the traffic police have decided not to enforce the restrictions “till it doesn’t become an utter necessity”. “We are yet to decide when the lanes will be reserved for games-related traffic only,” said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).
He added: “Initially, we had expected that athletes would arrive in large numbers on Thursday. But as per the schedule that we have received, just 110 athletes are expected to reach the city on that day. We really do not need to enforce dedicated Games lanes to ferry them.
We can ferry them from the airport to the Games village by using pilot escorts.” The restrictions on Games lanes on a particular day will be announced a day in advance.
That will be decided depending on the schedule of arrival of athletes, informed Satyendra Garg, Joint CP (Traffic).
Meanwhile, the traffic police will soon issue a notification to restrict the movement of goods vehicles in certain areas of Delhi after Saturday, said Garg. “During night, there will not be much restrictions on movement of goods vehicles except on the stretches from the airport to the Games village once the lane restrictions are imposed,” he added.