As a part of Pilot Smart City Project which will be launched in February, Cars, and buses have been banned in Connaught Place for next coming three months.
The step has been taken with an aim to curb pollution and congestion in the area.
The Inner, middle and outer circles of Connaught place, majorly a commercial area will be barred to traffic.
The police said, “’Park and ride’ services on cycles and battery operated vehicles will be offered from the surrounding parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika parking. The total parking capacity at these three locations is 3,172 and only 1,088 vehicles are parked on an average”.
The Ministry of Urban Development said the three-month “pedestrianization” of the area — which has some of the city’s most recognizable heritage structures — will test the effects on traffic, management of reclaimed parking lots, and record the experience of the pedestrians and shop owners.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today in a meeting discussed the possibility of Landscaping, developing water bodies, sidewalk cafes, public plazas, holding light and sound shows and street festivals.
The Smart City project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last June.