CP must be pedestrian-only zone, says Lt Governor
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Rule to be relaxed in peak summer to overcome any opposition by traders, NDMC says looking at ways to implement plan.
Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has suggested that Connaught Place be turned into a "pedestrian-only zone" except during "extreme summer days". The proposal to relax this rule during peak summer is to overcome resistance to the move by the traders there.
Of the view that all market areas should be pedestrian-only zones, Khanna has asked the NDMC and MCD to initiate action on the proposal.
The governing body of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre discussed this at a meeting on December 19. "Hon'ble L-G suggested all market areas in Delhi should be developed as pedestrian zones only. On the same issue, NDMC stated that traders associations have rejected the proposal for pedestrianisation on account of the extreme summer conditions of Delhi. L-G suggested that except for the extreme summer days, all other days, CP should remain a pedestrian-only zone,'' state minutes of the meeting.
The plan to turn Connaught Place into a pedestrian-only zone has been in the works for a while. It was part of the redevelopment plan, which is still being implemented. This plan includes facade improvement work, construction of new subways and a service utility corridor in the middle circle.
"The pedestrianisation plan had been suggested earlier but we opposed it. No further discussion has taken place since then. The weather in Delhi is not conducive for such a plan. No one will be willing to walk during peak summer or in the monsoons. This idea is workable in countries where the weather is pleasant almost throughout the year,'' Atul Bhargava, president of the New Delhi Traders Association, said.
But the Lt Governor's suggestion has made the NDMC move. "We are looking at implementing these orders and are carrying out a study for the same,'' NDMC spokesperson Amit Prasad said.
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