Coming February 2017 onward, Connaught Place will be a car free zone. The middle and inner circle will be only for pedestrians for three months, under a pilot project to address congestion in the area.
The plan to make Connaught Place a car free zone was approved in a meeting, chaired by the Union Urban Development Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, on Thursday. Cycles and electric vehicles will be allowed.
Once the plan is in effect, people driving to Connaught Place will park at designated spots at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and Palika, and will have to take a free shuttle service to the market.
According to data collected, a total of 3,172 cars can be accommodated at parking lots in Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and Palika, but only 1,088 vehicles are being parked on an average.
For shoppers visiting Connaught Place, there will be bicycles and battery operated vehicles for hire, and if the plan becomes permanent, officials will build water bodies to help dehumidify the weather around the place.
Officials have said that Naidu had directed officials to ensure that Connaught Place is made "congestion-free, accident-free, and crime-free".