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Task force for smoother traffic

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, FEB. 12.

The Delhi Government has set up a Task Force headed by the Delhi Transport Corporation Chairman, Mr. Rakesh Mehta, for implementation of a road development plan for the busy Vikas Marg submitted to the government by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1998.

Other members of the Task Force include representatives from the IIT, Public Works Department, Traffic Police, New Delhi Municipal Council, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Industrial Development Finance Corporation, which will fund the venture.

The report ``Road Designs for Improving Traffic Flow'' was prepared by a team of transportation planners and engineers from IIT Delhi, headed by Prof. Geetam Tiwari. It argued for segregated bus lanes to improve the public transport service to meet the increasing travel demand in the Capital.

Though one lane on the main roads of the city has been earmarked as bus lane recently, it was not serving the purpose as other slow moving vehicles quite often entered this lane, resulting in disruption of smooth movement of the public transport buses.

``The Task Force would ensure that the concept of segregated bus lanes becomes functional. And for this the Vikas Marg has been chosen for the pilot project as recommended by the IIT,'' said Mr. Mehta. The Task Force is expected to take a few months to prepare a detailed time-bound report.

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