Vehicle-free CP plan stuck over last-mile connectivity
The New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) ambitious plan to make Connaught Place (CP) ‘vehicle-free’ has been stuck for long due to the lack of feasible options to provide last-mile connectivity. The initiative was to be implemented in February this year.
The pilot project, to be followed by pedestrianisation of Khan Market, was part of the Prime Minister’s flagship project, the Smart City Mission, which will complete two years on June 25. The inner and middle circles of CP were to be made car-free for three months, and visitors were to be provided with the ‘park and ride facility’.
According to officials, procuring battery-powered vehicles such as buses and cycles, for providing last-mile connectivity from the Shivaji Stadium parking to the inner circle, has become a major challenge.
“We had got an electric bus to experiment for three months. It ran well. The problem, however, is getting approval for these vehicles from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). While there are two-three manufacturers, only one had applied for the approval, which is still under consideration. The others making eight-seaters and 11-seaters have not even applied yet,” a senior officer said.
The civic body is all set to inaugurate a number of projects under the …read more