NDMC to take second shot at CP pedestrianisation
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.