Poor Traffic Management, On-road Parking and lack of proper Parking facilities- Main reasons for Delhiā€™s Traffic Woes

August 13, 2015 | P. Shenoy

Delhiites are facing traffic jams due to on-road parking, poor traffic management and lack of sufficient parking infrastructure. With vehicles parked on roads near Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, the place left for traffic to move, has shrunk substantially.

Reasons for Traffic Jams

Despite NDMC providing parking lots just a few 100 meters away, seldom people are making use of it. Lack of public transport, poor enforcement of traffic rules by police, negligent levels of facilities for pedestrians and cyclists are other reasons cited for the pathetic traffic jams in the Capital city.

Is the Corporation or the public at fault?

In places like Lala Lajpat Rai Road and Bhishma Pitamah Road, vehicles parked on-road occupies the carriageways. The traders claim to have paid the Corporation to provide for parking charges and conversion but apparently commercial activity is allowed without parking facilities. Driving on these roads is a nightmare since covering a distance of 1 km takes over 25 minutes during peak hours.

Efforts to complete projects for parking infrastructure

While many projects for multilevel parking are under completion, lack of funds is cited as a reason by South Corporation. As per sources, the parking facilities at Karol Bagh, New Friends Colony, Lajpat Nagar will be complete by December 2015. Civic agencies have also reiterated the fact that the multi level parking at Model Town, Hauz Khas and other areas remain underutilized and on-road parking should be stopped. In this direction, efforts are being made for pedestrianisation of Connaught Place inner circle so as to drive the people towards utilizing parking space.


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