In a bid to reduce burden of traffic nuisance and making shopping experience pleasurable, East Delhi will come up with its First Pedestrian market in Lal Quarter area (From Chachi Building to Ghondli Chowk) of Krishna Nagar. The Krishna Nagar market has too many cars and too little space. Currently over 400 vehicles are being parked on this stretch. A multilevel car parking lot having capacity of 206 vehicles is planned here with provision for visitor parking too.
For this project hawkers will be regularised, pedestrian road will be colored to distinguish it, benches, signage, barricades and planters will also be placed for beautification of pedestrian market. In this regard a report is said to have submitted to Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA), EDMC officials informed that after two major stretches — Lal Quarter and Mandir Marg — are being pedestrianised, even shop owners and residents would not be allowed to park their vehicles there.
“In a study conducted on these stretches, it is found that a majority of the shops and houses don’t have basement or ground level parking. At Mandir Marg, there is a mixed settlement with shops on the ground floor and residential spaces above. Currently, people park their vehicles on both sides of the road, which is why no space is left for even emergency vehicles like Fire Brigade and Hospital ambulance. The intersections have become so narrow that it is has become difficult to take a turn. Once the plan is implemented, vehicles wouldn’t be allowed here. As per EDMC (East Delhi Municipal Corporation), alternative arrangements would be made for shopkeepers and residents, who have an estimated 440 vehicles.
Vehicle Stickers will be issued to the residents and shopkeepers with the help of the RWA and market association to distinguish them from vehicles of visitors, who will only be allowed to park in paid open or multilevel parking lots,”. Officials confirmed that the trial run will start from mid-October. “To avoid congestion, traffic movement will be made one-way on certain stretches. The traffic police have agreed to provide assistance, including barricading the pedestrianised roads and ensuring one-way movement on connecting roads.
Besides marking parking spaces and regulating traffic movement, the east civic body has planned to add various other facilities in the area. They will soon start installing benches, signage, planters and ornamental lights after colouring the stretches. The idea is to make the place people-friendly. The trial run for same will help officials identify shortcomings in the plan. As per EPCA, the parking policy is required to control winter pollution as a vehicle-restraint measure in the city, aims to discourage private vehicle use by taxing it and encourage public transportation among Delhiites. The national capital has about 11 million vehicles, out of which about 33 lakh are 4 wheelers and 73 lakh are 2 wheelers.