The new police commissioner of Delhi, it seems, loves India Gate. Just days after he joined, Neeraj Kumar visited India Gate and expressed concern over the haphazard movement of pedestrians and the presence of hawkers.
Kumar has directed local and traffic police to clean India Gate and to streamline pedestrian and vehicle movement there.
Acting on his direction, the traffic police have created extra parking space. They will also depute extra staff to facilitate pedestrian movement.
"The new police chief visited India Gate and suggested a few changes. Traffic police have already made some changes. The local police will make sure that hawkers don't encroach upon the land," said a senior police officer.
Local police have deployed extra staff to make sure that hawkers and ice-cream vendors do not occupy road.
"A major problem at India Gate is that motorists often park their vehicle on the roadside. The area should look good and we are looking at creating more parking space," the officer added.
Traffic police have identified two spots where cars can be parked.
"In case paid parking is full, the motorist can park their cars here. Now the capacity of India Gate parking is 900 cars," Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic) said.
To regulate the movement of pedestrians, traffic police will put up ropes.
"We will put up ropes to ensure that those who want to cross the road should stand in a queue. We will also make sure that when pedestrians cross the road, vehicles should stop and give way to them. Our officers will ensure the smooth movement of both the people and vehicles," Garg added.