Court agrees to hear plea to decongest Delhi road

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has agreed to hear a petition seeking urgent measures to improve traffic flow on the busy Vikas Marg for reducing accidents and saving motorists' time and energy.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru, before which the petition came up recently, decided to hear it Aug 22.

Petitioner Sudhir Jain, an author, sought direction to the Delhi government and joint commissioner of police (traffic) to apply his suggestions to decongest the east Delhi road.

Jain contended that as per his proposal the traffic flow between ITO to Anand Vihar will become smooth and continuous during office hours.

He said he had surveyed the stretch and found that the techniques currently used by the traffic department to manage the vehicles were adding to congestion.

"The process (of traffic department) encourages lane changing, mixes non-motorised and motorised vehicle flow, creates traffic bottleneck and increases waiting at intersections. The effect, in turn, increases traffic congestion, air and sound pollution and wastes commuters' time and energy," the petition said.

He submitted that "the improvement in traffic flow on decongested Vikas Marg can be used as an example to simplify traffic management on all arterial roads, especially on which traffic at intersections is still managed by signals."

The petitioner said he wrote to various authorities about the plan but they ignored his suggestions.


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