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									                      GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI
                    OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY
                DELHI SECRETARIAT, I.P. ESTATE, NEW DELHI
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      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.



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      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




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