The ‘Unclog Delhi’ series of Hindustan Times has forced the government machinery to swing into action. The traffic police, the public works department and the three municipal corporations have promised to get detailed ground reports from roads and intersections, which witness long traffic snarls, and take corrective measures.
“We have taken note of each and every problem highlighted in the series, which lead to traffic congestion,” special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander said. “I will personally visit each stretch and ensure that traffic movement and deployment related problems are taken care of.
The ‘Unclog Delhi’ campaign has focussed on some of the most important arterial and link roads that carry a huge load of traffic every day and often remain choked. In many cases the sheer number of vehicles causes traffic jams. But several other reasons, including road engineering and design issues, encroachment, illegal parking, absence of traffic police personnel and enforcement of traffic rules result in the traffic chaos.
Chander said he was getting each stretch examined by the local traffic staff to find solutions to the mess. “Most problems are already on our files. We are aware of them and keep exchanging notes with the civic agencies to find solutions. But this traffic series served as a gentle reminder that we need to keep focussing on those issues,” he added.
A PWD engineer said the department had already started working on improvement of traffic movement on some of the stretches highlighted in the traffic series in Hindustan Times.
“The chaos at Rao Tula Ram Marg and Seelampur is because of single carriageway flyovers. The construction of a parallel flyover at RTR Marg is going to start soon and we have appointed a consultant to prepare a feasibility report for a parallel flyover at Seelampur intersection,” PWD spokesperson Ravi Mathur said.
“I am writing to the engineers of all the four zones to look into the road engineering issues on different stretches and find a solution to them,” he added.
MCD officials accepted that illegal parking and encroachment by petty vendors were some of the biggest reasons for traffic snarls. North Delhi Municipal Corporation standing committee chairman Mohan Bhardwaj said the civic body would step up action against illegally parked vehicles and encroachment on roads falling in its jurisdiction.
“Cars and vehicles remain parked on various arterial roads. We will start action on these and prosecute the offenders. Similar action will be taken against encroachments of various kinds, which are choking clogged lifelines of the city,” Bhardwaj said.