The heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is one of the most crowded areas in the capital. What if cars and buses are banned into this jam-packed area? Well, it is going to happen from starting February due to a pilot Smart City project that will be launched next month and will aim at reducing pollution in the area.
Traffic will be prevented in the inner and middle circles of Connaught Place as part of the project. 'Park and ride' services on cycles and battery operated vehicles will be provided from the nearby parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking. The police said that total parking capacity at these locations is 3,172 and only 1,088 vehicles are parked on an average.
The Ministry of Urban Development said that this project will test the effects on traffic, record the experience of the pedestrians and shop owners and management of reclaimed parking lots. This is three-month "pedestrianisation" of the area that will help in reducing pollution to a great extent.
At a meeting on 5th January, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu discussed the possibility of landscaping, developing water bodies, side walk cafes, public plazas, sound shows and street festivals. The minister also said that this vehicle-ban is aimed at offering "congestion free, accident free and crime free" experience to the people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched The Smart City project last June, under which 20 cities were picked initially for holistic and integrated urban development. Will this Vehicle-Ban after Note-Ban bring good results?