The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which launched seven years ago is currently the ruling party of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Ever since coming into power, the AAP has had its fair share of ups and downs.
Now, the party is facing an uphill battle which has put Delhi in a very bad light in front of the world: traffic, congestion, and pollution.
On July 9th the AAP Government had a chance to show up and present its facts and answers to the traffic problem. However, the officials did not partake and the status files too were not reported. However, six task forces are now looking into the matter.
According to the AAP government, there are a total of 77 bottlenecks at certain ‘congested corridors’. The bottlenecks as studied will take about 6 to 8 months to solve.
The affidavit filed in the top court implicated, “It is submitted that the measures to remove the above-mentioned bottlenecks are categorized as short-term measures and long-term measures. The short-term measures like minor improvements in road geometrics etc. would take six to eight months.”
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Long-term measures which need consideration such as subways and foot over bridges as per the AAP will take a longer time of about 18 months, due to the heavy technicalities involved.
In the affidavit about the long-term measures, it said: “the long-term measures like foot-over-bridge; subway; underpass; and U-turn etc. would take six months for approval of the scheme and sanction of the estimates, thereafter, 12 months for execution after approval.”
The congested corridors have been divided into three categories:
Category A – 28 highly congested corridors
Category B– 30 congested corridors
Category C – 19 Less congested corridors
According to the affidavit, much identification on the causes has been found by the Delhi Traffic Police.
- Encroachment on roads and on the footpaths
- Encroachment on central verge
- Illegal parking on roads
- Less width of roads
- Irregular pedestrian movement across roads
- Improper junction or intersection design
- Parking of vehicle on narrow lanes leading to petrol pumps and CNG stations
- Presence of trees, toilet and other structures infringing with traffic movement
- Non-availability of FoBs, subways, pedestrian crossings, u-turns, underpasses for vehicular movement
- Improper road geometrics
At the beginning of 2015, the AAP government had tried to take control of the Delhi Police to solve the traffic crisis. Will the new ideas of 2018 help the AAP government solve Delhi’s traffic problems? Only time will tell.