As part of government’s Smart City project, middle and inner circular roads of Delhi’s Connaught Place will be made vehicle-free for 3 months from Feb on pilot basis.
According to an NDTV report, cars and buses will not be allowed into Connaught Place from next month as the government attempts to reduce pollution and congestion in the area.
Park and ride’ services on cycles and battery operated vehicles will be offered from the surrounding parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking. The total parking capacity at these three locations is 3,172 and only 1,088 vehicles are parked on an average,” a police official said.
Constructed in 1933 by Edwin Lutyens, the commercial white circular complex is a major tourist destination and hanging out spot for youths.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said there’s a possibility of landscaping, developing water bodies, side walk cafes, public plazas, holding light and sound shows and street festivals in the area. He was attending a meeting on Thursday to discuss the Smart City Project.
The minister said the vehicle ban is meant to offer a “congestion free, accident free and crime free” experience to visitors, the NDTV report added.
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