Colonies suffer disorganised traffic
DELHI: If you have ever tried to walk down from Kalkaji to the
Nehru Place flyover through the K-Block roundabout or locate a
friend's house in South Extension, your chances of reaching your
destination easily are remote. If the traffic on the main road
has not deterred you, the chaos inside certainly will.
traffic and speeding vehicles make negotiating the streets of
Delhi's colonies an uphill task. Delhi Urban Art Commission member
and Kalkaji resident H K Yadav said: "Kalkaji is in this
mess partly due to faulty town planning. But residents' are more
guilty as they are fast turning the residential blocks into commercial
does not have demarcated entry and exit points. There are only
approach roads from the Outer Ring Road and Deshbandu Marg, half
of which are commercialised inviting more traffic in the area,"
situation is the same in several such "black spots."Residents
of the Pandara Road flats often find themselves in heated exchanges
with unauthorised car parkers in Pandara Market.
cannot go for walks at night and there is a perennial nuisance
due to horns blaring. And some residents found their car accessories
stolen," said Nalin Chauhan, a resident. Who is responsible:
As part of the Bhagidari scheme, the Delhi police has been entrusted
with managing colony traffic. But they have their own problems,
commissioner R S Gupta says, "Beside the local police and
traffic personnel, the responsibility also lies with city planners,
civic agencies and residents, who can interact regularly with
the police to help ensure smooth traffic regulation, in the true
essence of Bhagidari," Gupta said.
also attributed the problem to lack of garage space, encroached
residential blocks and shops within the colonies.
commissioner (traffic), Maxwell Pereira, said: "There is
no traffic police deployment in the colonies, but whenever there
are specific complaints from residents, it is the area traffic
officer's responsibility to resolve it."
are other reasons too. In west district, big residential colonies
like Janak Puri have a problem with many inlets and outlets within
resident wants to have a cut on the road in front of his house.
The same is true of Patel Nagar and Hari Nagar," said DCP
(west), Dependra Pathak. But residents look for police presence
to regulate traffic in an area like Maharani Bagh, where the traffic
is flowing through the colony following the closure of Ring Road
crossing due to the Noida Toll Road.
(New Delhi), Manoj Lall, said: "Residents in Pandara Road
and Tilak Marg face traffic chaos due to lack of parking space
." Police officers say that RWAs can play a pro-active role
in managing local traffic.
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