Saturday, June 5, 2010

From June End Expect More Narrow Roads and Jams as CWG Trial Begins

Right Lane On Roads Leading Up To Venues Reserved For Games Vehicles

By the end of this month, the traffic police are planning to start trial runs of lane segregation for Games lanes. In this, one lane of road space on selected roads will be reserved for Games traffic. The trial runs are aimed at acquainting Delhiites with the traffic circulation plan for the Commonwealth Games in which the extreme right lane on all major roads leading to stadiums, practice venues, airport and Commonwealth Games village will be reserved exclusively for vehicles ferrying athletes and delegates.

At a meeting called by lieutenant governor Tajendra Khanna on Thursday to discuss the final traffic circulation plan for Commonwealth Games, civic agencies were given the final go-ahead to start lane marking for the dedicated Games lane on all the selected roads. The traffic police are waiting for the markings on any one stretch to be completed for starting trial runs. ‘‘The first set of trials for a dedicated Games lane are expected to start by third week of June. Now that the road maintenance agencies are going to start marking the lanes on pre-identified stretches, the trials will be carried out in a phased manner,’’ said a senior official.

At the meeting, the arrival and departure of spectators, athletes and their families, delegates, artists, VIPs, and the media for the opening and closing ceremonies was deliberated at length and finalized. ‘‘Detailed planning for transport and traffic circulation for all spectators, special visitors, VIPs, athletes, media, performing artists, etc, as well as their entry/exit and parking of vehicles was discussed at length and streamlined after due discussion and deliberation by all the stakeholders present,’’ said an official.

Presentations on transportation sub-plans for the opening day and lane reservations for Commonwealth games traffic from October 3 to 14 has been prepared by R Narayanswamy in consultation with Delhi Police, Organizing Committee and all the stakeholders such as MCD, PWD, NHAI & NDMC. All stakeholders to the Games, including chairman Organizing Committee Suresh Kalmadi (MP), chief secretary of Delhi Rakesh Mehta, special commissioner of police (traffic) Ajay Chadha, were present at the meeting along with officials from Organizing Committee, DTC, CPWD and other agencies concerned with the Commonwealth Games.