In a surprising move, it was announced last week that Connaught Place, situated in the heart of the national capital, is being turned into a vehicle-free zone to combat the issue of traffic congestion.
As a pilot project, no vehicle will be allowed to enter the middle and inner circular roads of CP from February for next three months.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting attended by officials from the Urban Development Ministry, NDMC, and Delhi Police. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
"It was decided that pedestrianisation of Connaught Place on a pilot basis would be implemented for three months from February this year for ground level testing of issues related to changes in traffic circulation, experience of pedestrians and shop owners, management of reclaimed parking lots, traffic load on outer circle etc," an official release said
Vehicles owners will have to park their cars at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg or Palika parking and then they can take a free shuttle service to the market.
As the government prepares to roll-out the plan of making CP a car-free zone, it will also focus on turning it into a more happening place.
Four things that will be introduced at CP after it becomes a vehicle-free zone are:
- Light and Sound shows
- Sidewalk cafes
- Public plazas
- Street festivals
An official, who had attended the meeting where the decision was taken, said "There will also be sound and light shows, sidewalk cafes, public plazas and street festivals. The intention is to make CP a happening place."
-With PTI inputs