Trials for CWG throw traffic out of gear in Delhi

Delhiites had a harrowing time reaching their destinations this morning as the city police conducted trials on exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games during peak office hours.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 11:27 AM IST

New Delhi: Delhiites had a harrowing time
reaching their destinations this morning as the city police
conducted trials on exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games
during peak office hours.

The rehearsals were conducted on four stretches for
two hours from 8 am, which threw traffic out of gear as police
blocked one lane on these roads for Games traffic.

The trials were conducted on Chandgi Ram Akhada to
Mall Road on Ring Road, Ring Road-NH-24 to Ghazipur Crossing,
Kalkaji Mandir-Ma Anand Mai Marg-Lal Kuan-MB Road-Suraj Kund
Road and SPM-Panchsheel to RML via Mother Taresa Crescent.

On all these stretches as well as its arterial roads,
vehicles were seen choc-a-bloc and moving at a snail`s pace.

This was the first time that Delhi Police conducted
trials on reserved lanes during peak hours.

"It was frustrating. I was in a rush to reach my
office but was stuck in the traffic from 8:15 am," said Anurag
Chatterjee, a software professional.

Delhi Police had to abort their plans to conduct
trials during peak evening hours last evening due to rains and
there was a question mark over the rehearsals today.

The trials are being conducted during peak hours to
study the impact of the move once the exclusive lanes come
into effect on September.

The trials, which were conducted on six days this
month, on several stretches this month had troubled commuters.

These rehearsals are meant to familiarise commuters
about the pattern of traffic movement during the Games, he
said.

The exclusive lanes for Games will come into effect
from September 20 and those straying into those lanes will be
penalised Rs 2,000 and their vehicles will be impounded.

"Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for
smooth movement of Commonwealth Games related traffic during
the event," the official said.

Initially, the restrictions on Games lanes will be
operational during night time only as international flights
carrying athletes are scheduled during those hours.

Though the route from Games Village to competition
venues and airport will have a dedicated lane, there will be
no such facility for practice venues.

The lane may be thrown open for public when no Games
vehicle is scheduled to use it, the official said.

Public has been advised to avoid as far as possible
CWG lanes in general and Safdurjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg,
Panchsheel Marg, Sardar Patel Marg, Siri Fort Road, Harsukh
Marg, Purana Qila Road and Mother Teresa Crescent Road in
particular as these roads are having two lanes in one
carriageway and one lane has already been reserved for
Games-related traffic.

PTI