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June 25, 2013

Stack parking to free Vikas Marg

To reduce traffic congestion on Vikas Marg, often caused by the lack of parking space on the stretch, the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) has proposed multi-level stack parking sites (see picture) along the stretch and limiting on-street parking to under two hours.

"The Public Works Department (PWD) has been asked to work on a detailed project report to [decongest] Vikas Marg. Specific areas where stack parking sites will come up along this stretch have been identified. These parking sites will be connected to corridors for non-motorised vehicles and pedestrians," UTTIPEC director Ashok Bhattacharjee said.

PWD will be asked to hire traffic marshals to implement this plan. More buses will ply on this stretch to encourage people to use public transport. UTTIPEC has also proposed removal of encroachment by second-hand car dealers and hawkers along Vikas Marg.

On-street parking will be provided beyond 300 m from the Metro stations on the stretch, but will not be allowed beyond two hours. "Short-term parking for vehicles will be made very expensive, to discourage it," Bhattacharjee said.

Vikas Marg and other major zones within 500 m of Metro stations will be re-designed, with amenities for pedestrians, non-motorised transport and public transport users.

"Parking management zone will include all roads located within 500 m radius from Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar and Preet Vihar Metro stations," he said.

Three proposed parking management zones have been proposed in this area. For off-street parking, the first zone will include Lalita Park, DDA land and the Laxmi Nagar DDA Seed Bed Park. Zone two will have V3S Mall and district centre, while zone three will be Preet Vihar district centre. "On-street parking will have provision for 115 cars, while off-street stack parking will substantially increase the number of cars in the same area," an official said.

Source: The Indian Express, Delhi Edition, 25.06.2013

April 18, 2013

Soon, old Delhi railway station will be better accessible by Public Transport modes

Source: Indian Express, Delhi Edition

Chandni Chowk to get wider walkways: PWD Proposes Ban On Roadside Parking

New Delhi: There have been too many solutions in the past to decongest Chandni Chowk and redevelop it. Now there is another one. PWD has suggested widening of the pavements on both sides to 2.5 metres and stop roadside parking. Also battery-operated rickshaws shouldn’t be allowed here, the plan suggests. 
    “We are aiming to start work on the project within six months. We have made feasible changes in the existing plan that has been lying in limbo for many years,” said Rajkumar Chauhan, PWD minister. On Wednesday chief minister Sheila Dikshit had held a review meeting with Chauhan and sought expedition of work. 

    The Chandni Chowk redevelopment work was recently handed over to PWD which was earlier with the municipal corporation. 
    Chauhan said the civic body has decided to extend the “heritage look” planned for Chandni Chowk to the perpendicular road connecting Daryaganj and Kauria Pul as well. “We have also decided to change the design of lights and pavements. New designs are closest to Mugh
al era ones,” he added. 
    The previous plan had suggested creatiing a central verge wherein one side was to be reserved for traffic and the other from pedestrians. Motorized vehicles were not allowed in the area except for school buses, emergency and police vehicles. Cycle rickshaws were only allowed to ply in a dedicated way in the residential and surrounding areas. 
    The old plan had also sug
gested that one part of the central verge (on Chandni Chowk road) will have special tramps plying from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. 
    The new Chandni Chowk will not have any over head electric wires or telephone lines. Sources said both BSES and MTNL, have already submitted their work estimates. “We are aiming to finish all the tender work within next six months,” said Chauhan.