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A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION SECTOR IN DELHI AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS†
P.K. SARKAR*, SAIKAT BOSE** & PRITHA GHOSH***

ABSTRACT
Delhi is a fast growing city, which over the years has undergone landmark change in the characteristic of its transportation sector. The city with the largest number of registered vehicles in the country has well developed road, rail & air networks, which provide it with high connectivity, not only within the city but also with various important centers, both within & outside the country. Despite this, the city’s transport system is under tremendous pressure for augmentation of its capacity & improvement in its overall structure & functioning. This Paper attempts to appreciate the problems & the critical issues in the traffic & transportation sector of the city. Further it attempts at proposing solutions to improve and manage the system in the coming years. This paper highlights the role of new systems like MRTS, especially in light of the high energy demand created by the existing transport system and the expected demand for alternate system for the upcoming “Common Wealth Games.”

1. BACKGROUND

Under the strong influence of urbanization, the urban population of India rapidly increased from 62 million in 1951 (20 per cent of total population) to a mammoth 326 million by 2001 (25.5 per cent of total population). At this rate it is expected that India will achieve 50 per cent urbanization by 2050, i.e., 50 per cent of the total population would be living in urban centers. This high rate of urbanization has also brought about a wide range of urban problems, especially in the field of transportation. Burgeoning transport demand and comparatively low rate of growth of public transport facilities has resulted in large-scale increase in the ownership of personalized modes of transport. This not only leads towards increasing congestion levels on the roads, especially during the peak hours, but it also results deteriorating environment conditions and increased dependency of the urban centers on energy sources. Delhi, the capital city of India is the third largest city in the country, with a total area of 1483 sq km and a burgeoning population of more than 14 million, Delhi has a total vehicular population of about 5 million, which is more than the combined vehicular population of Mumbai, Kolkatta & Chennai. The high vehicular population can be attributed to the fast rate of growth of the city’s population & the comparative low rate of growth of its

public transport (road & rail) system. The growth in personalized modes of transport & the comparative low rate of growth of public transport modes can be further emphasized by the fact that in 1999 for each bus in Delhi, there were 62 two-wheelers. 24 cars, 3 auto-rickshaws. This high vehicular population & the consequent high traffic volume on the city roads, has put the transportation system in the city under heavy stress, with the situation getting worse day by day. Thus it is imperative to assess the transportation problems of the city & incorporate possible solutions, as envisaged in the various plans and programmes of Delhi Urban Area to mitigate these problems in the coming years.
2. OVERVIEW OF TRANSPORT SYSTEMS IN DELHI

Delhi, the capital of India has a good network of rail & road and it also has a good system of airports. Consequently the city of Delhi is well connected, not only with all the major cities of the country but also that of the world. 2.1. Air Delhi has two airports, Palam (for domestic flights) & Indira Gandhi International airport (primarily for international flights), that are merely 5 km from each other & have regular shuttle service operating between

*H.O.D, Dept. of Transport Planning, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, Email: sarkar_52@yahoo.com **2nd Yr, Master’s Student, Dept. of Transport Planning, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. *** † Written comments on this Paper are invited and will be received upto 30th September, 2007.

the rate at which the rail commuter & passenger traffic is increasing. the traffic of both passengers & goods. the road density has decreased from 2. Rail Delhi is the converging point for five major northern railway lines. Despite the continuous increase in the overall road length in the city. which are to be located in Trans Yamuna area. which gives it a high level of connectivity with other parts of the country. at rates recommended by the committee on air transport policy of the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation. GROWTH IN TOTAL PASSENGER & COMMUTER TRAFFIC IN RAIL them. coming to Indira Gandhi International Airports. the city is heavily dependent on road based modes of transportation (93 per cent of the total trips performed in the city are made using road based transport systems). Table 1 presents the projected number of passengers & tonnage of goods being transported by the different airlines for the years 2001. while the vehicle density has increased at a faster rate from 90 vehicles/1000 people to 238 vehicles/1000 people during the same period (GNCTD. The heavy dependence of the public on road based transport systems has also greatly increased the number of accidents taking place in the city. But owing to the presence of non-compatible land-uses along the rail corridor & the over-utilisation of the corridor by goods trains. has been increasing. the authors estimated the growth in passenger & goods air traffic by the end of 2010.0 per cent 12.487 km. Old Delhi railway station. November 2003 *Estimations made by the Authors Owing to improper development of rail based modes in Delhi. The city has four major railway terminals. which have resulted in long delays at intersections. namely New Delhi railway station. North Delhi. which at present stands at a total of 22. the magnitude of rail traffic in Delhi in the coming years would be too large to handle.30 km/1000 people in 1981 to 2. Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station and Sarai Rohilla railway station and it also has a container depot at Tuglakabad. Delhi has the concept of ring-rail.112 SARKAR & BOSE ON TABLE 2.53 per cent per annum.27 km/1000 people in 1995. The Airports Authority of India. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the main gateway of the city to other parts of the world and it plays host to a large number of airlines from different parts of the world. on its part has projected the International & Domestic air passengers and overall cargo. ANNUAL GROWTH RATE Category Annual Growth Rate 12. necessitating the increase in the capacity of the airport.km. Based on these projections & considering the same rate of growth. the road length within the city has undergone a growth of 4.487 km by 1990. from a mere 8380 km in 1981 to as high as 20. the highest in the country. 2. The city also has the highest road density of 1284 km/ 100 sq. traffic jams and reduction in the overall journey speeds. Road AIR PASSENGERS 2001 2010 Projection Projection* International passengers Domestic passengers Cargo 165 (lakhs) 191 lakhs 1430 (tones) 458 (Lakhs) 530 (lakhs) 4532 (tones) Source: Traffic Reporter.3. Over the years. As result of this. with a considerable rise in the number of fatalities. 1996). TABLE 1. Airport Authority of India. . Bharthal.2. Thus the total number of trips for 2001 & 2010 and their breakup has been provided Table 2. The prevailing growth rate of rail passenger is of the order of about 4 per cent. the usage of the ring railway corridor by passengers is still quite low. of area. These factors have greatly increased the congestion levels on the roads of the city. which along with its spurs provides connectivity to various towns within the NCR.7 per cent OF Category Daily total passengers Commuters 2001 672000 354000 2010 (estimated)* 956466 503852 *Estimations made by the Authors Even though four more terminals are proposed within the Delhi metropolitan area. The 5 rail corridors in the National Capital Territory bring in more than 350 passenger trains and 40 goods trains each day. Okhla.0 per cent 13. 2.

show that the car ownership per 1000 households has increased by 10 times.2 Car/ Jeep Pre 1984 Post 1984 Cat.09. This rise has been particular significant in the case of motorized two-wheelers like scooters and bikes that have grown at a high rate of 12 per cent from about 1. from 61.000 vehicles ( 16.83 66. Further studies by RITES. A shift from gasoline to diesel driven cars.37 7. 14 cars & 3 auto-rickshaws.000 vehicles (18. the population of buses had grown at an annual growth rate of 9 per cent from 3265 in 1971 to 29331 by 1997& their share in the total vehicular population. Similarly.46 0. from 20 cars in 1981 to 200 cars in 2001. share of travel demand to be catered to by taxis.2 10.27 6.8 56. by 1999 the disparity had changed to 62 two-wheelers.TH A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THIGHLIGHTS RANSPORTATION SECTOR IN DELHI AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS RAFFIC & T OF THE 178 COUNCIL MEETING 113 2.68 1. is expected to decline between 1995/96 and 2010/11. This can be emphasized by the facts that. The percentage of travel demand. jeeps and taxis is expected to rise in the near future.346 by 1997.98 0 0. As compared to that the 2-W ownership per 1000 households has increased nearly 7 times from 60 in 1981 to 410 in 2001. This also presents the distribution of total passenger travel demand by different mode (modal split).42 5.88 12.34 9.78 Taxi Petrol 0. is expected to decline in the future.46 Source: Bose (1998) . School of Planning and Architecture. has resulted in the highest number of registered vehicles (about 4 million).93 0. cleaner technologies like four-stroke engines and cars with catalytic converters would claim a greater share in the total fleet in the coming years.55 8.530 in 1971 to 7. currently buses meet a very high volume of travel demand.9 52.a.76 0. Further.63 0.2 0. 2006) reveals that Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg near Mulchand Intersection and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg are the busiest roads of Delhi carrying more TABLE 3. 24 cars & 3 auto-rickshaws for every bus. has resulted in a sudden spurt in the population of private modes of transport.27 7. This high number of private vehicles.4 60.42 0.3 4. during the same period of time.12 0.100 in 1971 to as high as 18.06 0.89 8.59 0. Growth and Composition of Vehicular Population Excessive dependence on road based modes. met by privately owned vehicles.88 16.78 0. Conv Diesel 15.98 143. The share of auto-rickshaws in catering to the city’s travel demand would decline from 8 per cent in 1995/96 to 5 per cent in 2010/11.44 0.05.4. had dropped from 1.. though insignificant.02 Diesel 0. Growth in Travel Demand and Modal Split The total passenger travel demand catered to by road in Delhi is expected to grow over 3 times from 47 billion passenger kilometer (BPKM) in 1990/91 to 143 BPKM in 2010/11 as given in Table 3. which is much cheaper than that of gasoline.05 110. PASSENGER TRAVEL DEMAND AND that 16.60 per cent to 1.81 3.2 0.000 PCUs ) respectively during peak hour.59 4. DIFFERENT MODES TRANSPORT Total Annual Bus Travel Demand Diesel (109 pkm) 52. The high rise in the private modes can to a great extent be attributed to the insignificant growth in the number of buses & other public transport modes.5 3.75 6. and this share would increase steadily to 66 per cent in 2010/11 as shown in Table below.76.52 0.08 ITS DISTRIBUTION BY OF Share of Travel Demand by Different Types of Technology in each Mode (per cent) Year Two-Wheeler 2 Stroke 4 Stroke 1990-91 1995-96 2000-01 2005-06 2010-11 14. The growth of twowheelers is followed by the rise in the number of cars at a high rate of 10 per cent p.45 3.74 6.03 per cent.39 1.97 1.93 0. A recent study conducted by the SPA( Techno-Economic Feasibility Study of Bus Rapid Transit System . In spite of a very large fleet of private vehicles in each city.000 PCUs) and 14. Further as compared to 1991. Mumbai & Chennai.96 13.47 0. more than the total number of vehicles in Kolkata. coupled with inadequate public transport system & steep rise in the population of the city.05 64 88.85 14. Nearly 53 per cent of the total travel demand in the city was met by bus during 1995/96.2 Three Wheeler 4. wherein for each bus there where 43 two-wheelers.3 47.5.56 7. mostly because the market price of diesel. 2.944 by 1997.

cycle rickshaws and carts springs from the fact that they do not have to be registered. Year wise Requirement of Buses. 1. as per the RITES report 2001. Impact on Delhi’s Transportation due to Common-Wealth Games (2010) A study has been carried out at SPA.000 in 1994/95. 1997).000 including unlicensed operators (AITD. New Delhi has developed a simulation model for evolving a policy framework to analyze transportation energy . thus reducing the total demand on the road network by 58 per cent. especially for the poor segments of the population. Fig.9. This would then have to be adequately supported by a well integrated metro system.505 truck traffic in 2001 by rail and road respectively. 2. Road (NH-1) Bharthal (NH-8).000 in 1990/91 to 37. there are two million bicycles in Delhi and the number of cycle rickshaws and carts together account for 116. It can be seen from the table that road based systems without MRTS operation. The number of cycle rickshaws has been increasing steadily in Delhi from 9. The sites in four directions are at: Madan Pur Khadar (NH-2) Patpar Ganj (NH-24) Holambi Kalan G. NMT has maintained an important role in terms of mobility. For integration of goods movement by Road & Rail. respectively. With or Without Metro TABLE 4.8. daily goods movement was expected to be generated to the tune of 5700 number of wagons and 63.114 SARKAR & BOSE ON Further. which could to a great extent reduce the traffic load from the roads. Non-Motorized Transport Facilities Non-motorized transport (NMT) in the city consists of trips made by pedestrians. would require additional buses of the order of 8610 by the year 2010. Energy Demand and Consumption by Transportation in Delhi 8198 13890 2.6.T. pushcarts and other human and animalpowered vehicles. in system where metro would be operational. livelihood. Consequently.000 to 70.7. 2. passenger cyclerickshaw. The data on share of NMT in Delhi is somewhat sketchy. which may be as high as 60. freight complexes proposed earlier are again recommended in the MPD2021. in connection with estimating the travel demand for the proposed Common Wealth Games to be held in 2010. the demand on metro increases by 21 per cent. COMPARISON OF REQUIREMENT WITHOUT MRTS Year 1995 1997 1999 2001 2002 2003* 2005 2010 * Base Year of Study Without MRTS 3480 2727 5783 5182 3286 8112 11140 22500 FOR BUSES WITH OR With MRTS The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). cyclists. Goods Movement As per the earlier Delhi Master Plan for 2001. Based on this study it has been proposed that a large number of additional buses would be required to meet the demand the transport needs of city during the games. Despite this. nevertheless the above estimates provide an indication to prominence of these modes on streets of Delhi. with the addition of the Ring Railway. According to another estimate. 1 and Table 4 indicate the additional number of buses to be required with and without MRTS operation. Fig. New Delhi. it has not received due attention in terms of planning and budgetary support.000 (IRI. The uncertainty in the actual number of cycles. 1996). Despite rapid increase in motorization and the importance of bus transport. as compared to the number of buses required. the demand for bus & IPT reduces by 40 per cent & 18 per cent. 2.

Energy demand estimates to meet the passenger travel demand are obtained from the model under different alternative scenarios. . Emissions by Vehicles Table below gives the average mass emission factors of different range of vehicle technologies.9 0. HC.1 0 NO 3 0.39 0.52) SO 2 0.TH A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THIGHLIGHTS RANSPORTATION SECTOR IN DELHI AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS RAFFIC & T OF THE 178 COUNCIL MEETING 115 demand and emissions for intra-city commuter traffic in Delhi (Bose.33 0. as presented in Table 5 & Table 6. MASS EMISSION FACTORS OF VEHICLES ON INDIAN ROADS Technology 2 wheeler : 2-stroke 2 wheeler : 4-stroke 2 wheeler : 4-stroke 3 wheeler : 2-stroke 3 wheeler Car : old model Car: new model Car:catalytic conv. S1 : public transport system S2 : Promotion of cleaner fuel and improved technology Reduction in congestion through the improvement of S3 : (S1+S2) DN : Do nothing scenario Fig.08 0.1483 0.4 (3. SEI-B.33 0. 1998.1421 0. 2.1 (2.25 (0. and can simulate quantity of fuel demand and related emissions for a given travel demand.0073 0 0.0323 0.6 1.52) 21 (3.2 0. These emission factors are multiplied with the estimated energy demand by different technologies to derive the trend of pollution load between the period 1990 and 2011.72 7. T h o u s a n d t o n n e DN S2 S1 S3 2.9326 0 2.0034 0. 1993). Pb and CO2 under DN and alternate scenarios. 1998) aGasoline.28 0 6. Increasing Energy Demand for Transportation in Delhi TABLE 5.4 (3.0159 0. femission factors in parentheses are expressed in 10-3kg/m3.08 0.156)f 28. dDiesel.2229 0.0473 0.72 0.7 1. respectively.3 2.5 0 0.65 (4.28 0 2. which are either in use or are being considered for introduction by the city government.18 0.5 0.224) 28.3 0.9 1. The framework is simple and flexible. The energy savings potential is higher with the improvement in public transport system.1 0.224) 12.465) 2.6 0 0. Car Car Taxi Taxi Taxi Bus Bus Fuel G G UG b G PC G G UG Dd NGe G D NG D NG a Mass emission factors under a typical Indian driving cycle (gm/km) CO 8.6 1. TSP .72 0.10.7 (0.68) 6.1 (0.2229 0.1 (0.25 0.4 12. cPropane.6 0 2 0 TSP 0. NOx.5 0.0159 0 0 0 0 Source: (Bose. bDiesel.5 2.2 1.08 0.3 8. Figure 3 shows this trend for CO.0106 0 0 0 0. as compared to a cleaner fuel-technology scenario as can be seen in Fig 2.5039 0 Pb 0. SO2 . under alternative strategies.224) HC 5.9 9.1030 0 0.0323 0.7 1.52) 2.9326 0 0.0023 0 0. eCompressed Natural Gas.

DN: -Do nothing scenario .83 2005/06 191.31 53.116 SARKAR & BOSE ON TABLE 6. TOTAL ANNUAL EMISSIONS UNDER DN (THOUSAND TONES) Pollutant CO HC NO 2 SO 2 TSP Pb CO 2 Source: (Bose.56 10.91 80.03 11.104 3449.00 2000/01 193.90 1995/96 169.01 10.49 13.49 3.03 6.76 81.30 DN S1+S2 Fig.11 0.111 2774.16 6.03 0.102 2039.47 70.96 40.078 1523.20 30.79 22.39 0.30 0. 3.00 4.63 50.48 65. 1998) 1990/91 132.11 8.59 0.62 82.098 4275.66 2010/11 200. Trend in Energy Consumption under Alternate Situations in Delhi Note: .42 8.

and it is playing an important role in minimizing air pollution. Auto-Rickshaw Trolley bus. Paris. Table 7 presents the different types of eco-friendly vehicles conducive for the development of sustainable transport system. Chicago. From the examples of London. It is believed that this type of vehicle would be of greater demand in near future. Subsequently the role of CNG operated buses has been recognized in Delhi. CNG based intermediate public transport has also be considered seriously in Delhi as a part of environment friendly mode of transport. This system capacity could be enhanced to 80. which would replace the prevailing personalized gasoline driven vehicles. THE TYPE AND OWNERSHIP OF VARIOUS TYPES OF ECO-FRIENDLY MODES Bicycles Cycle-Rickshaw Battery-powered vehicle Solar-powered vehicle CNG operated Car.e. Road (NH-1) is functional remaining three are yet to be developed. some of the developing countries are also attempting to develop this Metro system. Tram can also play an important role in the overall transport system. 4.000 passengers per hour per 4. To identify new / alternate road alignments to reduce traffic congestion on the existing routes as Urban Relief Roads & passing relief points. Lack of Integration between Road Based and Rail Based Terminal. MAJOR ISSUES IN DELHI’S TRANSPORT SECTOR After having critically reviewed the various traffic problems in the transportation sector of Delhi Master Plan. CNG operated Bus Tram Light-trail transit Metro Personalized Vehicle and IPT Mass Transport Personalized Vehicle Battery – powered vehicles are operating in certain places in Delhi. To shift more personal vehicular trips to MRTS and make roads comparatively less congested. Taxi. Access control on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.1. This system can be explored to replace the existing diesel driven buses. Moscow and Toronto.TH A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THIGHLIGHTS RANSPORTATION SECTOR IN DELHI AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS RAFFIC & T OF THE 178 COUNCIL MEETING 117 3. Out of four proposed directional metropolitan passenger terminals by MPD 2001 East Delhi only one is partly functional i. Trolley buses have also made substantial impact in many countries in general and Nepal in particular. Research and development are presently on full swing in developed countries to find its commercial application. Absence of bicycle facilities on major bicycle corridors. the key emerging issues to be addressed are as follows: Non-intensive land utilization with respect to major transport corridors. Absence of Bye-pass orbital links for road and rail-based traffic. it would be worth considering locating the railway tracks at ground levels or above ground levels. Major difficulty of this type of vehicle is the heavy dead load as compared to the total weight of the vehicle and offers low-intensity of electricity charges. Utilization and Integration of Ring Rail system with the city transport network Restructuring of land use along Ring Rail and proper feeder services. One truck terminal on G. In order to minimize the cost of construction.T. Absence of comprehensive parking policies for the city. Anand Vihar. Last and costliest option is the Metro. MRTS to alter travel characteristics in the city. the following modes can be examined which could be of great . such as Nizamuddin with SaraiKale Khan and Delhi Railway station with ISBT. TABLE 7. AN APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS significance and importance for creation of sustainable transport system. An Approach for Environment Friendly Transport In view of the major role of prevailing modes of transport and its impact on the environment. New York. Tokyo.

118 SARKAR & BOSE ON System for intra-city passenger movement consists of underground. It is extremely important to develop an integrated mass transit system by considering Metro as line haul supported by feeder service. in the 1st phase of MRTS programme and the recent inauguration of another section of Metro line. the development of MRTS network up to a length of 245 km.5 km/h to 14 km/h Saving of 2 million man hours per day due to reduced travel time Saving in fuel costs.R. 5. has drawn up proposals for various MRTS direction. connecting Dwarka with Barakhamba road. 59) would also be developed. Routes in Delhi. worth Rs. surface and elevated sections. Mass Rapid Transit System One of the important developments in transport sector is the commissioning of 68 km of metro corridor connecting Shahdara to Rithala and ISBT to VishwaVidyalaya. The development of the total metro network would accrue the following benefits: Reduction in 21. The transport proposals envisaged in the Master Plan 2021 are not amply supported by any detailed comprehensive transportation studies including the regional level. modernization of air and railway terminals. TRANSIT SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS System Characteristics Vehicle capacity Vehicle per train Lane/Track capacity (Passenger/hr Journey speed km/ph) Journey speed km/ph Buses 120 16. So far a full scale of integration of public transport system has not been achieved in Delhi. The D.82 lakh passenger trips from the roads of Delhi. covering a total length of around 104 km. Fig.C.000 (30-35) Source: Urban Transit System Guidelines for examining options by Alan Armstrong – Wright. Integration between MRTS and buses would not only be confined in terms of physical integration of transport interchange facilities but also would work out the logistics for minimization of transport cost of public transport users through single ticket mechanism. while various improvements are being planned along NH8. North East corridor of NHAI connecting NH1 and Wazirabad Road to Gaziabad (Master Plan Road No. TRANSPORT PROPOSALS IN DELHI MASTER PLAN 2021 There are a number of transport proposal envisaged in the Delhi Master Plan 2021. construction of various flyovers in order to make RingRoad and Outer Ring-Road signal free. and hence it is a major consideration for Delhi Metro System.000 (10-25) LRT 200-300 (3-6) 25. TABLE 8. Work is under progress at full swing. upo to a period 2010. 5 billion per year Comfortable and safe traveling for the commuters Reduction in atmospheric pollution levels by 50 per cent Reduction in accident rates Improvement in overall quality of life . A little or no effort has been made to develop any comprehensive land use transport models to appreciate the future transport scenarios. Further Road connecting Dwarka and Rohini from NH8. Planning of cycle track on different routes in general and along the existing drain (nala) in particular is also being incorporated into the plan. which would have transferred onto Metro 2. Table 8 gives the transit system characteristics for different public transport modes. 4 presents the first two phases for the development of the Metro-network in Delhi. A total of 245 km length of MRTS is envisaged to be developed in the four phases up to a period of 2020.000 (15-25) Metro 300-375 (4-10) 70. planning and development of various master plan roads.600 less buses on the roads Increase in the average speed of buses from 10. The proposal primarily include. to meet the growing challenges in the transport sector.M.000 (15-30) Tram 100-120 (1-2) 20.

. 4. Development of New Railway line i) Rewari to Bhiwadi. MCD. The International Airport to be linked to other parts of Delhi and its urban extension facilitating fast movement Alignment Planning and implementation of master plan roads. out of these 47 grade separators 20 have already been completed. With the completion of these flyovers ring road and outer ring road would become signal free.Rail terminal by integrating ISBT & Delhi Railway Station. Flyovers Formulation of plan proposals are done by road owning agencies viz DDA.cum . An experimental project in Nehru Place with private partnership is under implementation. DTTDC also contributes in the implementation. DDA being the planning Authority approves the plans. During Asiad 1982 seven grade separators on different roads and railway lines were envisaged after that planning of flyover came to stand still. Design of Intersection and the design of master plan road intersections. Phase-wise Development Strategy for Metro Modernization of Nizamuddin. PWD. Again in last five years about 47 grade separators on different master plan roads and railway lines have been planned. Multi Level Parking Formulation of policy framework for multi level parking is envisaged. 16 are under construction and rest 11 flyovers are in the pipe line. Old and New Delhi Railway Station (provision of second entry to all the stations). NDMC. ii) From Rohtak to Hansi • • To implement Road .TH A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THIGHLIGHTS RANSPORTATION SECTOR IN DELHI AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS RAFFIC & T OF THE 178 COUNCIL MEETING 119 Fig. Approval of DUAC is also required before implementation.

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