One-way streets likely in crowded Karol Bagh, Delhi
After receiving a good response to the pedestrianisation of Ajmal Khan Road in busy Karol Bagh market, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to reorganise traffic movement in the area by adopting a one-way system on certain stretches to further decongest the market.
According to civic body officials, a trial run of the new one-way system is likely to start this coming weekend. The officials, however, said this plan will be executed only after consulting all stakeholders, including the traffic police and traders of the area.
“We have to start the trial of the one-way traffic arrangement. We are planning to do that by this weekend. Initially, only two stretches in the market area will be made one-way. We will do this only after due consultation with the traffic police and traders. Now that elections are over, we will soon begin talks with the traffic police and traders on this subject,” North Delhi Municipal Corporation commissioner Varsha Joshi said.
She said after the trial run, the authorities will assess the impact before implementing one-way traffic on other identified stretches.
The civic body has identified stretches such as Tank Road, Padam Singh Road, Pyarelal Road, Saraswati Marg and Gurdwara Road for the one-way system. Two-way traffic will continue on Pusa Road, Guru Ravidas Marg, Vishnu Mandir Marg, Abdul Aziz Road, Arya Samaj Marg, Shri Krishna Dass Marg.
Earlier this month, the north civic body had made Karol Bagh market’s main Ajmal Khan Road a no-vehicle zone. This stretch has been reserved for pedestrians and beautified with new street furniture, complete with garden lamps and benches. The civic authorities have also designated a multi-utility zone (MUZ) on the road for kiosks, vendors, water ATMs, mobile toilets, smart poles and dustbins.
After pedestrianisation of Ajmal Khan Road, the North corporation had also increased rates of on-street parking on Arya Samaj Road to promote parking in designated spaces. The rates for the first one hour of parking on Arya Samaj Road were raised from ₹20 to ₹40. The rates for parking of up to five hours were increased from ₹50 to ₹70, and those of more than five hours were hiked to ₹300.
The traders were apprehensive that the move to introduce unidirectional traffic on certain roads may impact their revenue.
Ajay Bajaj, advisor of Karol Bagh Market Federation, said the arrangement is “not a good idea”. “Lanes in the market area can be decongested by removing encroachment and illegal vendors. One-way traffic will only lead to chaos as the shoppers will not be able to reach the designated parking easily which might impact our businesses,” he said.
He said there were people who have residences on certain lanes of the market and they will find reaching their residences difficult if a one-way traffic plan is implemented.