Traffic restrictions on Janpath due to Metro work will be eased from Wednesday morning. Restrictions from Windsor Place to Connaught Place — in place since October 2011 for the new underground Metro line connecting Central Secretariat and Mandi House — will be removed.
However, the opposite carriageway will remain closed for another six to seven months.
Traffic movement on Tolstoy Marg between Jantar Mantar Road and Janpath crossing will be closed from Wednesday morning for three to four months as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will construct entry and exit gates for the upcoming Janpath station, the traffic police said.
“With the new diversion plan in place from Wednesday, there will be limited access from Parliament Street to Jantar Mantar crossing,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
The opening of the carriageway along the Tibetan market will help motorists heading to Connaught Place from south Delhi through Rajpath.
However, motorists heading to Parliament Street or Tolstoy Marg will have to take alternative routes to reach Jantar Mantar and Parliament Street due to partial closure of Tolstoy Marg.
The police will also impose restrictions on parking on Tolstoy Marg, Jantar Mantar Road, Ashoka Road, Ferozshah Road and Janpath Lane to facilitate traffic movement and modify signal timings depending on its volume, Shukla said.
Over the past one-and-a-half years, the DMRC had completed almost 80 per cent of civil construction work on the Janpath station. The remaining work will be over in another six months.
The line (Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate) is scheduled to be operational by 2015, DMRC officials said. The Delhi Metro chief has given a mandate to finish construction work at a fast pace so that at least a portion of the Central Secretariat-Mandi House corridor could be made operational by the end of this year.