Union MoUD constituted 17-member Committee on decongesting roads of New Delhi

Oct 11, 2014 12:13 IST

Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on 10 October 2014 constituted a 17-member Committee to suggest ways to decongest roads of New Delhi.

The 17-member committee will be chaired by the Secretary of Union MoUD. The committee will seek corrective interventions on priority.

The committee will also take into account all the technical, financial and administrative aspects of the project.

The committee has been directed to submit its report along with a proposed action plan by the first week of November 2014.

The committee was formed after media reports highlighted traffic congestion on the roads of the national capital.

The problem of congestion of roads in New Delhi

In a survey undertaken in 2012 by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and the Railway Infrastructure Technical & Economic Services (RITES), it was predicted that by 2020, the top speed in Delhi would be 5 km per hour, that is, to cover a distance of 15 km, it will take three hours!!

Even though Delhi has the most extensive road network at 21 per cent of its geographical area but it is saturated and choked with vehicles.

The problem surfaces from the fact that Delhi has six million vehicles with 1200 more added daily. But road space isn't increasing at the same pace. The problem is further compounded by the fact that about 12 lakh vehicles pass through the capital daily, clogging its nine highways.

Moreover, half of the woes on city roads are because of congestion spillover from the NCR, where several road and flyover projects are still incomplete.

The consequence of this can be gauged from the fact that six years of Delhiites' careers are spent in snarls and 7 million man hours and 100 crore rupees in productivity are lost to gridlocks, making the capital the worst congested city in India.

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