In a week's time from now, you will be able to zip across to Mayur Vihar without stopping at the ITO traffic signal.
The Delhi Police have found an innovative solution to provide uninterrupted passage to vehicles going into east Delhi, thus decongest ITO crossing.
The solution to the problem of congestion at the crossing came in a simple experiment in which the right turns from Vikas Marg to Rajghat and from Ring Road to Vikas Marg were closed. This simple traffic management exercise provided a solution to the age-old problem that had defeated several policy level meetings and planning.
"The main reason for congestion at ITO crossing is vehicular traffic discharge from three directions. One direction leads traffic towards east Delhi through Vikas Marg, while through the same stretch we have to discharge vehicles from Vikas Marg to Rajghat and from Ring Road to Vikas Marg," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The experiment, carried out during evening peak hours from November 25, facilitated the uninterrupted movement of vehicles towards east Delhi.
Once the system becomes permanent—within a week or 10 days, according to Garg—two phases of the three-phase traffic signal at Vikas Marg will become defunct. The third phase, leading traffic to east Delhi, will remain green, said officials.
Once the system is in place, any violation of the new traffic arrangement will be a punishable offence, said a senior traffic police officer.
Traffic police officials say, this will help decongest not only ITO but also C-hexagon, Mandi House and Delhi High Court during peak hours."During evening hours, pedestrians will get 15 seconds every two minutes to cross the road," Garg said.
Once the new arrangement is in place permanently there would be no right turn for traffic coming from Vikas Marg and going to Raj Ghat under the IP Flyover. People will have to take the left loop from Vikas Marg towards Electric Power Station underbridge and from in front of Delhi Secretariat to Raj Ghat, said officials.
Similarly, there will be no right turn for traffic going towards Vikas Marg from under IP Flyover as well. People will only be allowed to use the Ring Road up to the loop near Rajghat, take a U-turn and reach Vikas Marg near Delhi Secretariat.