Will AAP’s new timeline to solve Delhi’s traffic mess, help?

The government submits affidavits, 6 task forces setup

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Will AAP’s new timeline to solve Delhi’s traffic mess, help?

Delhi government led by Aami Aadmi Party (AAP) is working on a conclusive timeline of events that will help solve the hazardous traffic problem affecting Delhi. This comes after the Supreme Court of India came down heavily on the Delhi government on the stagnant traffic in the national capital’s roads.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in charge of the Delhi government since 2014 when the electorate gave them a huge mandate with more than 90% seats in the legislature. Their journey has been stormy since day 1, as accusations of interference from the Centre has stalled the pace of development which was promised.

Delhi is one of the most difficult cities to drive down and with monsoons, the situation gets worse.

On July 9th, the AAP government was supposed to present the facts on their steps to curb the traffic menace to the apex court but the officials did not partake and the status file too was not submitted.

However, after the Supreme Court rejoinder, six task forces have been set up to look into the matter.

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According to the state government, there are a total of 77 bottlenecks at certain ‘congested corridors’. According to the study and estimates, it will take about six to eight months to clean up.

The affidavit filed in the top court said, “The measures to remove the above-mentioned bottlenecks are categorized as short term and long term measures. The short-term measures like minor improvements in road geometrics would take six to eight months.”

Long-term measures need considerations such as subways and foot-over-bridges. As per the AAP government, it will take a longer duration 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 FOBs/subways/underpass’ /u-turns etc would take six months for approval and sanction. Thereafter, 12 months for execution after approval.”

The congested corridors have been divided into three categories such as:

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.

 It mentioned

  • 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 and underpasses for vehicular movement
  • Improper road geometrics

At the beginning of 2015, the AAP government had tried to use the Delhi Police to solve the traffic crisis. It’s to be seen whether the above mentioned new ideas help to solve Delhi’s traffic problems?