- Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has asked the NDMC to consider converting Connaught Place and Khan Market into ‘No-Vehicle Zones'.
- The minister was concerned about the poor maintenance of the road leading from the airport to Connaught place.
- Measures suggested include planning for traffic management, parking, last mile connectivity, and the use of electric vehicles.
DELHI: The Union Minister of Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu has expressed concern over increasing air pollution and traffic congestion and has asked the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to consider converting Connaught Place and Khan Market into ‘No-Vehicle Zones’.
The minister was reviewing the progress of the smart city plan of the NDMC and has given a set of directions for making a radical difference to the look and feel of the area. The government’s idea is to have the NDMC area act as a lighthouse to other smart cities in the making.
Venkaiah Naidu was particularly concerned about the poor maintenance of the road leading from the airport to Connaught place. Some of the measures he suggested to improve the road were to implement smart poles, smart bus stops, smart parking, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian and cycle pathways, CCTV cameras, LED lighting, 3D Zebra crossings, steel furniture etc.
He asked the NDMC and the South Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to turn Connaught Place and Khan Market into ‘No-Vehicle Zones’ by planning for traffic management, parking and last mile connectivity. Electric vehicles are to be considered for the benefit of children, elderly folk and disabled people.
The Minister said that NDMC should ensure a visible impact of smart city development by June next year and that the whole smart city plan, approved with an estimated investment of Rs1,900 Crore, should be implemented by June, 2018.