Solutions for 4.7km Ring Road stretch

Newspaper: The Times of India
Date: 02 December, 2017
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NEW DELHI: Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Friday directed Delhi Police and other government agencies to explore various suggestions to decongest the stretch between the Y-point at Salimgarh bypass and Majnu Ka Tila on Ring Road.
The 4.7km-long stretch is heavily congested as it is the main road connecting central and north Delhi and densely populated. Keeping in mind several factors, including heavy movement of interstate buses due to ISBT Kashmere Gate, CSIR-CRRI experts have come up with short-term solutions.
Dr S Velumurugan, senior principal scientist at CSIR-CRRI, suggested measures like installing lane-based traffic signals. A traffic signal should also be installed at the point where the traffic from Kela Ghat Road merges with Ring Road, experts said.
A proposal has also been made to remove a small traffic island between the Y-point and ISBT. PWD has been told to consider solutions such as road widening, development of bus bays at Qudsia Bagh and a foot overbridge with an escalator near Monastery Market. An alternative route between Salimgarh bypass and Wazirabad (Signature Bridge) may also be helpful, experts said. During a review meeting on Friday, the LG directed all agencies to study the feasibility of these measures. "The LG has also suggested exploring the possibility of making some stretches one way," said a source. Another major congestion point on the stretch comes between ISBT Kashmere Gate and the Chandgi Ram Akhara junction. Special commissioner (traffic) Dependra Pathak informed the LG about the department's plan to decongest the area.
The traffic police also mentioned about steps taken to ensure smooth traffic, including not allowing autos/taxis to park on the main road. The traffic flow coming from Shastri Park via Shahdara loop flyover is also controlled manually if needed, he said.