Plans floated to decongest Delhi’s Jhandewalan temple area | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: Removal of the statue of Rani Lakshmibai on Deshbandhu Gupta Road is one of the several steps being taken to decongest the roads around Jhandewalan temple. A joint meeting of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, DDA and other agencies on Friday also resolved to make the 1.5-km stretch between Filmistan and Panchkuian T-point signal free and create a new parking lot near the Jhandewalan temple.

Jai Prakash, mayor of the north corporation, said that the statue of Rani Jhansi will be shifted from its current spot to DCM Chowk. “The relocation will take around a month and a half. We will rename the park at DCM Chowk after Rani Lakshmibai after the relocation,” said the mayor, who heads the naming and renaming committee of the civic body.
In other short-term and long-term measures to decongest the area, both the rotaries on DB Gupta Road and Rani Jhansi Marg will be removed. “UTTIPEC has already approved the decongestion plan for the area,” disclosed a municipal official, adding that the median cuts on Ram Kumar Marg and the Idgah rotary too would be closed. He said, “Also, one-way traffic movement is proposed along Faiz Road between New Rohtak Road and Rani Jhansi Road so that Filmistan does not become crowded.”
The authorities are also planning to shift the gas cylinder warehouse near Jhandewalan temple to develop a parking lot. “The temple is visited by big crowds and their cars often halt on the main road, causing jams,” the municipal official explained. Vehicles coming from the Rani Jhansi Road roundabout towards Filmistan are likely to be provided the option of a left turn by creating a slip road.
UTTIPEC, Delhi’s road engineering authority, has also approved similar plans for the stretch from Kashmere Gate junction to the northern toe of Rani Jhansi flyover, including the closure of two median cuts on Lala Hardev Sahai Marg at Mori Gate and at the Rajpur Road junction, a provision of a U-turn below Rani Jhansi flyover and a back-to-back U-turn near the junction of Court Road. “For the long term, PWD has been asked to build an elevated road from Tis Hazari to Azadpur Mandi,” revealed another official.
Last year, a traffic flow study on Rani Jhansi flyover conducted by the north corporation and Delhi Technological University established that peak hour traffic was at least at the designed volume or beyond it a mere 10 months after its opening.

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