If the roads in the national capital are to be made freer, then the street junctions and intersections have to be revamped to allow better traffic management, this is according to a draft report of the urban development ministry's high powered committee on decongesting Delhi. The panel suggests that rather than making streets signal-free, intersections should be improved to allow faster flow of traffic. It has identified and recommended removing 44 bottlenecks, as many as 16 bottlenecks in South and South East Delhi, followed by 10 congested stretches in North and North West Delhi which are to be removed.
Delhi has, for years, been criticized for being a car-friendly city that has wide roads and multiple flyovers, with space and access for pedestrians and non-motorised transport (NMT) users relegated to secondary importance. The concept of signal-free corridors in Delhi was first introduced during the Sheila Dikshit government.
With an aim to provide easy road access for pedestrians and cyclists, the panel suggests the marking out of bicycle boxes ahead of crosswalks near a crossing to allow cyclists priority in crossing the junction. "All junctions should be designed for pedestrian and cyclists with proper speed calming measures," the report prescribes.