New Delhi: Some busy roads in Delhi leave almost no room to breathe during certain hours of the day. In order to decongest them, the Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to open U-turns at 43 major stretches in the national capital. These include – ITO, Delhi Gate, ISBT, Rohini metro station, Kanhaiya Nagar metro station as well as Begumpur metro station. Also Read - ‘Without Any Means of Sustenance’: Horrific Tales of Stranded Migrant Workers in Delhi
However, PWD officials clarified saying that the U-turn cuts will be made only on stretches that are wide enough to smoothly manage the traffic. Some existing U-turns that cause unnecessary traffic snarls will also be closed, the officials stated. Also Read - Delhi Air Quality Improves Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Netizens Say 'Some Silver Lining'
The PWD, in a joint initiative with Delhi Traffic Police, UTTIPEC and CRRI, began implementing the ‘U-turns scheme’ in September last year from after several complaints that the traffic was getting out of control. However, as it implemented U-turns on the erstwhile Bus Rapid Transit corridor, more complaints started coming in that the ‘haphazard’ cuts had made the road accident-prone and an “absolute mess”. Also Read - 'Have no Money': Despite Kejriwal's Assurance, Daily Wagers Leave Delhi
Notably, these busy stretches see more than 50,000 vehicles on a daily basis, resulting in unavoidable disruptions on roads. The most congested stretch, traffic officials noted, is the ITO signal that sees nearly 1 lakh commuters everyday.
The joint project will aid the officials to ascertain the exact number of U-turns that need to be made to make commuting for Delhiites hassle-free. Delhi traffic police is also installing signboards at every U-turn so that travellers can easily identify them.
The project will be fully implemented within six months, that is, it will be completed by the end of this year, the PWD noted. The total budget for the scheme is yet to be ascertained.