NDMC to take sec­ond shot at CP pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - [email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: Over three months af­ter im­ple­ment­ing two-day trial run for pedes­tri­an­is­ing the busy Con­naught Place area, the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) aims to im­ple­ment the project again.

NDMC sec­re­tary Rashmi Singh said that the project is the need of the hour if the busy mar­ket was to be de­con­gested and made pedes­trian friendly.

“The re­sponse to the trial run, in last week­end of June, was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing and de­spite the hot weather peo­ple en­joyed walk­ing on the streets. We de­cided to im­ple­ment the project from Oc­to­ber 2 but it could not be done due to var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing re­sis­tance from some traders. How­ever, we are ready to im­ple­ment the project, on cer­tain days of the week, pro­vided we get sup­port from the mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion,” she said.

Singh said that due to pleas­ant weather, peo­ple wouldn’t mind walk­ing on roads now. “As of now we have no plans to meet the trader as­so­ci­a­tion but if they sup­port, we can surely chalk out a plan con­ve­nient to all,” she said.

In May the north cor­po­ra­tion had per­ma­nently pedes­tri­anised a por­tion


of Aj­mal Khan Road in Karol Bagh. There­after, the east and south civic bod­ies came out with sim­i­lar schemes for Kr­ishna Na­gar and La­j­pat Na­gar.

Traders, how­ever, didn’t sound ex­cited about mak­ing the Con­naught Place mar­ket ve­hi­cle-free even on se­lected days.

Pres­i­dent of New Delhi Traders As­so­ci­a­tion (NDTA) Atul Bha­gava said that sale was al­ready on the de­cline and it wouldn’t be a good idea to re­duce vis­i­tors fur­ther by re­strict­ing them from bring­ing their own ve­hi­cles. “We are ready to co­op­er­ate in any project that would help in im­prov­ing the con­di­tion, foot­fall and sale in the mar­ket. But the au­thor­ity should re­alise that it is a business place and not a cul­tural hub where they can ar­range pro­grammes from time to time.”

He added that san­i­ta­tion and re­pair­ing of build­ing sin her­itage mar­kets needed ma­jor im­prove­ment. “Around 50 civic war­dens en­gaged by NDMC to im­prove san­i­ta­tion and take ac­tion against il­le­gal en­croach­ers could no more be seen in the mar­ket,” he added.

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