Monday, 13 September 2010

Monday's traffic lane trial cancelled due to rains

People in Delhi heaved a sigh of relief after the traffic police decided to cancel Monday's peak-hour trial runs on the dedicated Commonwealth Games lanes due to heavy rains.

"It has been cancelled due to heavy rains since morning. We did not want to add to the miseries of the commuters by going on with the trial. The trial for Tuesday still stands now," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg.

However, the trials for Tuesday are still on, officials said.

A traffic police advisory on Sunday said the trials will be held between 4 pm and 6 pm on Monday and 8 am to 10 am on Tuesday.

The trials were to be conducted on Ring Road from Chandgi Ram Akhara to Mall Road, NH-24-Ring Road crossing to Gazipur crossing, Ma Anandmayee Marg in Kalkaji to Doctor Karni Singh Stadium at Surajkund Road via Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, and Panchsheel Marg-Sardar Patel Road intersection to Mother Teresa Crescent up to RML Hospital.

The trials were to be conducted during peak hours to gauge the impact. The exclusive road lanes for the vehicles of Games athletes and officials will become out of bounds for all other road users from September 20.

Those who stray onto these lanes will be penalised Rs.2,000 and their vehicles will be impounded. Initially, the restrictions on the Games lanes will be operational during night time only, as international flights carrying athletes are scheduled to reach the national Capital during these hours.

The public has been advised to avoid, as far as possible, the Games lanes in general.

They have been advised to avoid 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 have only two lanes in one carriageway and one lane has already been reserved for Games-related traffic, the statement said.


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