Act on your own plan to decongest Delhi traffic: Supreme Court

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Feb 6: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rapped Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the police for not acting on their own action plan for decongesting traffic in the national capital, stating they have taken up only five of the 77 sites identified by the Task Force to ease the situation.

The action plan for easing traffic in the national capital was submitted to the apex court last year and was prepared by a Task Force comprising representatives of the state government and Delhi Police.

Terming the statement by the lawyer Wasim Qadri, appearing for both the Centre and Delhi government, as “bald”, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said, “You are not following your own plans.”

In a bid to decongest city’s traffic, the Task Force had identified 77 sites but the government acted only on five VIP zones in the NDMC area, including Dhaula Kuan, Sardar Patel Marg, Giayarah Murti (11 Murti) and Pachsheel Marg.

Taking a dim view of the way government and police was acting on their own plan, Justice Gupta said there was no planning where metro lines would commence functioning. There would be battery rickshaws and three-wheelers at the metro stations.

Observing that there was a scientific diversion of traffic whereby certain roads are made one way, the court stated: “You will remove them (encroachments) today or tomorrow; they will come back.”

The court observed that the bus stops were not properly located, and at some places, they were close to traffic signal lights.

Having stated its reservation over the manner in which action plan to decongest the traffic in the national capital was being implemented, the court merged the hearing of the matter with that of the Comprehensive Action Plan to deal with the alarming level of air-pollution.


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