CWG lanes to be operationalised from Thursday

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 17:47 PM IST

New Delhi: The exclusive lanes for
Commonwealth Games vehicles will be operationalised from
tomorrow in a need-based manner without closing down traffic
in them for the entire day.

Anyone deliberately straying into the lanes while they
are operational will attract a fine of Rs 2,000.

"The exclusive lanes will come into effect from tomorrow,"
Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner Traffic told reporters
today.

The lanes would be implemented in a need-based manner and
there would be no 24-hour close down, he added.

Police had earlier decided to enforce restriction of
vehicles on the lanes from this Monday but later decided to
postpone it to Thursday after organisers said that the first
batch of athletes were to reach the city only by tomorrow.

A notification to invoke the fine or impounding of vehicle
for violators entering the Games lane was issued by the Lt
Governor`s office earlier this month.

Those found "deliberately violating" the rule will be
penalised. However, someone accidentally straying into the
lanes may escape without penalty, a senior police official
said.

"All road users are expected to maintain the sanctity of
the dedicated lane. They should avoid getting into the
dedicated lane and if inadvertently they enter the lane, they
should immediately come out of it," he said.

He said the dedicated lane is part of the contract entered
into by host city and Commonwealth Games Federation.

"There will be zero tolerance towards violations. Our
motto is zero tolerance and maximum prosecution," he 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 has a dedicated lane, there will be no such
facility for practice venues.

The official said there will be no special lanes for roads
leading to practice venues but motorcycle patrols will lead
the convoys of athletes.

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

Police personnel will be deployed along the routes to
check any violation. Regular trials will be held on the lanes
from tomorrow, he said.

Public is 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
Quila Road and Mother Teresa Crescent Road in particular as
these roads have only two lanes in one carriage way and one
lane is already reserved for Games related traffic.

PTI