GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY DELHI SECRETARIAT, I.P. ESTATE, NEW DELHI ------------------------- MINUTES OF THE 3RD MEETING OF THE SPECIAL TASK FORCE CONSTITUTED ON THE ORDERS OF THE DELHI HIGH COURT ON TRAFFIC ISSUES IN DELHI HELD IN THE CONFERENCE HALL OF CHIEF SECRETARY SHRI RAKESH MEHTA ON 8TH MAY, 2010 AT 3.00 PM The 3rd meeting of the Special Task Force constituted on the orders of the Delhi High Court on traffic issues in Delhi was convened by the Chief Secretary on 08.05.2010 at 3.00 PM. The list of officers who attended the meeting is attached as Annexure-A. During the meeting, the following presentations and discussions were held:- 1. A presentation was made by Shri Kumar Keshav, Director (Projects), DMRC on Phase-III of the Delhi Metro in which 69 Kms. on 6 routes is being planned. He mentioned that DMRC has plans of completing 413 Kms. of Delhi Metro. In his presentation, he stated that certain important decisions are required to enable Phase-III to take off. He indicated that as far as over crowding is concerned, orders for 800 cars have been placed and the number of coaches per train would increase from 4 to 6 by January, 2011. He stated that for Phase-III, Rs. 18,679 crores would be needed and the DMRC has requested for exemption from duties and taxes for Phase-III as was given for Phase-II. In order to finance the same, they have suggested a Green Fund to be set up. After the discussions, the STF agreed with the Green Fund idea of the DMRC and the same should be supported for all transport related projects including Metro, BRT, Pedestrian Lanes, NMV Lanes etc. There was also a discussion that Metro ridership increases with the connectivity created by cycle rickshaws. There was a need to create cycle rickshaw parking in Metro parking lots. It was pointed out by Ms. Romi Roy of UTTIPEC that checklist for street designing standards needs to be followed for MRTS connectivity features which included street design, signalized crossings, model interchange including cycle parking stations and cycle rickshaw parking accessibility, information maps etc. It was decided that this entire detail would be sent to DMRC with a request to include these while creating the parking lots. The STF desired to have the figure of the rolling stock deployment which the Director (Projects), DMRC agreed to provide in the next meeting. It was also decided that NCR connectivity is very important and the DMRC must work closely with the states of UP and Haryana to resolve all outstanding issues on NCR connectivity. The STF also felt that integration of Metro routes with BRT plan needs to be done and BRT needs to be frozen and implementation schedule needs to be prepared. 2. There was also a discussion on the Rickshaw Policy based on the recent orders of the High Court. It was pointed out by the Addl. Commissioner (MCD) that the Mayor has just taken over and the Legal Wing is yet to finalise its views on the judgement of the High Court and the same would be done shortly. Shri Satyendra Garg, Jt. CP (Traffic) stated that Commissioner of Police has already addressed a detailed letter to the Chief Secretary, outlining the views of the Police on the subject. They were insisting on compulsory registration of cycle rickshaws, RFID identification, biometric identification of rickshaw pullers and also amendment of Cycle Rickshaw Act with higher penalties and the rickshaw regulations to be done. He also insisted that no rickshaw should be allowed on arterial roads. It was pointed out by Ms. Romi Roy that Arterial Roads are defined in the Master Plan 2021 and Director (CSE) stated that even in arterial roads, LMV lanes are required to be put up. However, the Police said that this is only “wherever it is possible” and the decision making power lies with the Police Department. After lot of discussion, the following decisions were taken:- a. A draft of the Cycle Rickshaw Act would be prepared by a couple of experts who would be identified by the Chief Secretary. b. The provisions of Master Plan 2021 in respect of NMV lanes and pedestrian lanes are mandatory as they are required to be followed by everyone including the Police. c. As regards the decision of whether arterial roads could support NMV lane in each case is concerned, the matter would be decided by the UTTIPEC, which is an existing institutional mechanism for taking such decisions. 3. There was a presentation on the parking by Ms. Sunita Narain, Director (CSE), who brought out the details of the authorized parking, unauthorized parking and the request for the MCD to convert most of the green areas into parking lots. She stated that there was a need to create a special disincentive for creating more parking spaces because the amount of land occupied by parkings is almost 23 sq. mtrs. Per car and this kind of land is not available with Delhi. She further stated that there has to be a restriction on the number of streets being declared as commercial streets and there was a need for the UD Department to play an important role on this issue. She said that there must be a special emphasis on the pedestrianization of the markets and a holistic policy on the parking should be thought of. Shri Malhotra, President, AAUI stated that many of the parking places are utilized for commercial purposes and many of the parking spaces are encroached upon. He stated that there needs to be a policy on limiting number of cars in Delhi. It was decided that the next meeting of the Special Task Force would be held on Thursday the 27th May, 2010 at 3.00 PM in the Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary when the following issues would be discussed:- 1. A presentation to be made by DIMTS to integrate Metro connectivity with BRT including the Action Plan to be prepared and presented by MD, DIMTS as per the performa enclosed. 2 2. Continuation of the discussion and presentation by Ms. Madhu Kishwar on the Rickshaw Policy, which could not be completed. 3. Discussion on the ideas on restricting car ownership in Delhi. 4. Presentation on Congestion Charging by Commissioner (MCD). (Rakesh Mehta) Chief Secretary No. CS/2786-2799 Dated: 08-05-2010 Copy to:- 1. Commissioner (MCD) 2. Commissioner (Transport) 3. MD (DIMTS) 4. Shri Satyendra Garg, Jt. CP (Traffic) 5. Shri B.K. Jain, Addl. Commissioner (Planning), DDA 6. Shri Kumar Keshav, Director (Projects), DMRC 7. Prof. N. Ranganathan, Consultant, CES India Pvt. Ltd. 8. Shri T.K. Malhotra, President, AAI 9. Ms. Geetam Tiwari, Associate Professor, IIT Delhi 10. Ms. Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science & Environment 11. Ms. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi 12. Ms. Paromita Roy, UTTIPEC 13. Shri Pradeep Sachdeva, Architect & Urban Planner 14. SO to CS for record 3 4 Performa to be filled in by MD (DIMTS) S.No. BRT Stretch Road Right of Way Plan ready/ Road Owning Approx. Funds Length Not ready Agency Required 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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