Delhi's Connaught Place to be no-vehicle zone from February

Naidu also expressed that a congestion free area will offer an accident free and crime free experience of to visitors.

Delhi

In an attempt to decongest and reduce pollution in Connaught Place in New Delhi, the Ministry of Urban Development has decided to make the Inner Circle and the Middle Circle of the iconic shopping arcade a no-go zone for cars, buses and two wheelers from February 1 for three months.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday held a meeting to discuss how the plan will be implemented. “We will implement the pedestrianisation plan for Connaught Place on a pilot basis to see how this works on the ground,”official said.


Naidu also expressed that a congestion free area will offer an accident free and crime free experience of to visitors.

The ministry, according to the report, said this was being done to test the modalities because surveys conducted at Times Square in New York have showed shopping experiences becoming rewarding ones in vehicle-free zones. According to the surveys, no traffic led to improvement in businesses as well.

“Everything depends on the implementation, availability of alternative means of mobility and customer and trader response. If this is a success, it will be included in future master plans for cities across the country,” said a senior government official.