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No parking, jaywalking on these 18 stretches

No parking, jaywalking on these 18 stretches

Traffic Cops Will Be Strict To Ease Snarls

New Delhi:

To check snarls on 18 major stretches of the city, the traffic police have planned to turn them into no-tolerance zones. Neither parking will be allowed on these stretches, nor jaywalking. After trials on these 18 stretches (see box) for a fortnight, another set of 18 roads that will be made congestion-free will be selected.

Traffic cops said a study had recently revealed that mixed land-use and improper parking were the main reasons behind the snarls. The problems will be addressed during the 15-day drive, which started on Wednesday.

Most of the 18 stretches selected are within 2-3 km in length. To decongest these, the cops would be turning portions of the stretches into oneways at different times of the day, depending on the traffic volume. Additional personnel will be deployed to prevent unnecessary stoppages by commercial vehicles and on-road parking will not be allowed. A dedicated pedestrian crossing zone will also be created on these stretches.

Police have formed a task force comprising personnel from the accident research cell, road safety cell and signalling cell to monitor the success of the new plan.

During the trial period, teams of eight to 15 cops will be deployed for traffic management. “These stretches were picked after assessing the traffic volume and average speed during the peak hours. Most of these roads are either parts of the ring road or arterial roads,” said a senior traffic police officer.

Stretches like the one between Savitri Cinema Hall and Chirag Dilli witness an average traffic speed of about 20 kmph during the peak hours due to the congestion.

An officer stressed that multiple metro station outlets that lead to parking of commercial vehicles for lastmile connectivity were also resulting in congestion at several places. The cops have requested the metro authorities to create dedicated haltand-go lanes for these vehicles, which should be away from the main arterial roads.

“Our aim is to eventually turn these stretches into complete congestion-free zones within the next few months. If required, some design changes may also be made,” said a police officer.

Senior traffic police officers told TOI that a similar plan in areas like ITO and DDU Marg last year had evoked a positive response. “We have so far selected three stretches from each of the six traffic zones that were found to be most congested. This includes areas like Connaught Place as well,” said N S Bundela, joint commissioner (traffic).