New Delhi: Trials on exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games were on Monday cancelled with evening rains playing spoilsport on Delhi Police`s plans to study the impact of the exercise on traffic during peak hours.
The two-hour trial, which was to begin at 4 pm, was called-off by the police at the last minute as rains lashed the capital. Rains used to slow down traffic, leading to serpentine queues of vehicles on roads.
However, there is no word about tomorrow`s trials between 8 am and 10 am though officials indicated that it could also be cancelled if there is rain during the peak morning hours when people are on way to offices and schools.
"The rains have prompted us to cancel this evening`s trials. We cannot say now anything about tomorrow`s trials. But if it rains, it is unlikely that the trials will be conducted," a senior police officer said.
The trials were scheduled to be conducted on four stretches this evening to study the impact of the move once the exclusive lanes come into effect on September. The rehearsals were to be conducted on Chandgi Ram Akhada to Mall Road on Ring Road, Ring Road-NH-24 to Gazipur Crossing, Kalkaji Mandir-Ma Anand Mai Marg-Lal Kuan-MB Road-Suraj Kund Road and SPM-Panchsheel to RML via Mother Teresa Crescent.
Traffic personnel had been warning that there could also be jams on arterial roads which fall on the stretch. The trials, which were conducted on six days this month, on several stretches had troubled commuters.
The trials 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.
A notification to invoke the fine or impounding of vehicle for violators entering the Games lane has been issued by Lt Governor`s office and will come into effect on September 20.
"Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for smooth movement of Commonwealth Games related traffic during the event," the officer 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.