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Karol Bagh gets a pedestrian friendly makeover; 1.7-km stretch becomes completely vehicle free 
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Karol Bagh gets a pedestrian friendly makeover; 1.7-km stretch becomes completely vehicle free 

Rishabh Pachory

Rishabh Pachory

Karol Bagh is one of the biggest, if not the biggest market places in the national capital. The place is swarming with shoppers, gourmands, two wheelers and three wheelers spreading noise as well as air pollution and congesting the entire area. Often times, this traffic and congestion can be a major put off for someone who is in the mood to go full shopaholic. Now, the civic body in the area is looking to apply the Chandni Chowk model to declutter the entire market area and beautify it to make it more pedestrian and shopper friendly.

Karol Bagh gets a pedestrian friendly makeover; 1.7-km stretch becomes completely vehicle free 

What’s the update?

As of now, Karol Bagh stands as one of Delhi’s most congested area. With the plethora of shoppers and wanderers making their way into the lanes of the area, Karol Bagh is seeing a massive footfall. Two wheelers and three wheelers in the area are very prevalent and often tend to make their way into the narrow shopping lanes, causing a nuisance for all.

To combat this, the PWD is deciding to make the entire 1.7-kilometer stretch from Pusa Road to Arya Samaj Road into a completely non-motorized vehicle (NMV) stretch. This will come as a boon for not just the shoppers and vendors, but also for residents of the area.

Karol Bagh gets a pedestrian friendly makeover; 1.7-km stretch becomes completely vehicle free 

The facts

On the central stretch of the market, only pedestrian movement will be allowed. Along the stretch, there will be a provision of an NMV lane at the centre which will have a six-lane opening at points near Tank Road intersection, Padam Singh Road intersection, Arya Samaj Road intersection and Hardhyan Singh Road.

As part of the same change, the pedestrian only zone will get new and improved street furniture such as benches, potted plants, new street lights and a few more conveniences. The beautification of the entire area will result in a more friendly ecosystem for all visitors to Karol Bagh.

In order to get rid of space consuming street carts and vendors, another plan is to make the system completely organized. For this, the PWD plans to have dedicated spaces for fixed vendors. Since the entire area will be made into an NMV zone, there will also be at least 4 new parking spaces that can accommodate a little over 2,500 vehicles at once. With the help of proper parking spaces, visitors won’t have to worry about parking hassles and can shop worry free. Another neat change is that now, many roads in the area will be one way streets, thereby ridding Karol Bagh of slow moving traffic.

Karol Bagh gets a pedestrian friendly makeover; 1.7-km stretch becomes completely vehicle free 

Additionally, when the move was first proposed, shopkeepers and business owners made an issue about the fact that this would actually decrease the footfall in the market. However, past experience tells us otherwise and the move was highly successful in Chandni Chowk and a few other areas.

The above mentioned changes have already begun taking place and if you’re in the area, you’ll certainly see a massive change. Soon, the beautification process will start as well and it will be carried out in two phases.

Whom will it benefit?

The change to Karol Bagh’s landscape will come as a much needed makeover to the entire area, bringing convenience to residents of the area as well as shoppers and vendors here. With the NMV zones, the area will soon be more clean and less congested, making for a better outing with your friends.

Additionally, since the area near the metro station will undergo a change as well, it would be refreshing to see a change of sight when you get off the station. Apart from that, any pedestrian in the area will also find it much safer than before and on the whole less crowded.

We are of the same opinion and feel that this is a step in the right direction. Many areas in Delhi are highly crowded and a complete makeover like such would certainly benefit those areas. At any rate, we are excited to visit the market soon and see what it has in store.