o;? IIC DELHI MATTERS: Getting Anywhere? Traffic, Transport and Mobility in Delhi and the NCR.



Fourth in the Series: 13th February 2018

Getting Anywhere?

Traffic, Transport and Mobility in Delhi and the NCR

The Delhi Matters Series hosted its fourth event and covered what city bdwellers face daily- a capital city bottlenecked with traffic jams, an explosion of cars and two wheelers and a hugely deficient public transport system. To discuss the situation and talk about what was being done and how soon, IIC invited an authoritative panel of experts directly in charge of transport, traffic and highways. It was moderated by Dr O P Agarwal International Urban Transport expert and until recently the Global Adviser to the World Bank. The panelists were Ms Varsha Joshi Transport Commissioner, Delhi Government, Mr Rohit Singh Member National Highway Authority, GOI, Mr Dependra Pathak Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and Mr HS Anand until now Director( Rolling Stock) in Delhi Metro.

The discussion was moderated by Dr O.P. Agarwal an international expert on Mobility Planning, Financing and Management.

On the criticality of integration :“The transport system in a city has to be a single, well integrated system, and not multiple systems that don't interact with each other. ”

On making public transport the first choice. : “A good metro or high quality roads and a hi-tech IT system is not enough to relieve congestion. People have to be given a system wherein they are willing to move away from personal vehicles.”


Varsha Joshi Secretary-cum- Commissioner Transport Government of NCT Delhi.

On Reviving DTC “The need of the hour, is to infuse life in the State-run Delhi Transport Corporation which is gasping for breath as an enterprise.”

On final destination connectivity “Last-mile connectivity and a public transportation system are the biggest challenges to commuting in the Capital. Till a few years ago, Delhi was ahead of the curve in terms of its public transportation infrastructure with the Metro, conversion to CNG and fully-functional bus systems but then the situation seemingly hit a plateau.”

On Buying More Buses “We should have 11,000 buses according to court guidelines. What webre trying to do now is procure 2,000 standard floor buses b 1,000 each for the DTC and under the cluster scheme. Tenders have been floated. ”

Varsha Joshi Secretary-cum- Commissioner Transport Government of NCT Delhi


Rohit Kumar Singh Member Finance in NHAI presented the short and medium term measures being taken by NHAI which will help decongest Delhi. Some facts:

Rohit Kumar Singh Member Finance in NHAI

  • Vehicles on Delhi roads: 90 lakhs.
  • Vehicles entering Delhi daily: 3.07 lakh cars and 1.27 lakh two wheelers.
  • Commercial vehicles entering Delhi: 40,000 excluding taxis.
  • Commercial vehicles entering Delhi: 40,000 excluding taxis.
  • Entry from 9 locations: NH 1, NH 10, NH 8, NH 2, NH 24, NH 91 and MG road.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway 136 kms long. Cost Rs12000 crores.
Inauguration in March 2018.

Dwarka Expressway SPR b NH junction to Dwarka sector 21 Urban Extension Road II till Shiv Murti on NH 8

Delhi Meerut Expressway
82 kms Cost Rs 6000 crores
Expected time 15 months

Decongestion Projects at Dhaula Kuan;Mahipalpur,NH 8 near Ambience Mall and Shankar chowk; IFFCO chowk; Signature Tower Intersection; Rajiv Chowk; Hero Honda Chowk ; Kherki Daula Toll Plaza and Development of Gurgaon- Sohna Road with elevated road and six lane Highway.

Improvement of Dhaula Kuan at Parade Road and Station Road.

Dependra Pathak Special Commissioner of Police heading the Traffic Police spoke about using cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence, to combat congestion.

On using artificial intelligence “ We have been trying to get things on track over the past year. Using road sensors and laser-based cameras, which are multi-directional, like in Japan and Singapore for volume count and predicting traffic patterns and Delhi Police was considering creation of a centralised Smart Control and Command Centre dedicated solely to traffic management.”

On using a Mathematical Model to Forecast and Manage Traffic, “ The aim is to create a mathematical model that the machine will add to traffic management on ground, which will help us to manage it better. We intend to implement the first phase of the project in two yearsb time. The Ministry of Home Affairs has given approval for hiring of a consultant for this purpose, which should be completed within two to three month. ”

He explained how the number of accidents had come down and added smilingly “Once you are challaned you will never repeat the mistake again!”

Mr. Dependra Pathak Special Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police


H.S Anand was formerly Director (Rolling Stock) in Delhi Metro The total Network which covered just 65 kms in Phase-I has achieved a network of 231 kms (13th largest network.) After Phase-III Delhi Metro would be covering 350 kms making it the 6th largest network.

H.S Anand was formerly Director (Rolling Stock) in Delhi Metro


Reactions from the Audience

Mr Mahendra Raj Mehndiratta b bThe most important thing is how we get people away from personal vehicles and into public transportb

Professor E. Somanathan said that congestion charges and pushing up cost of cars was needed to move people into public transport.. Ambassador Deepak Vohra described the system in Los Angeles where traffic violations were managed directly through car vehicle registration numbers connected to the ownerbs bank account. Ambassador Yogendra Kumar voiced his apprehension that highway related decongestion measures would only lead to more influx into Delhi and highways should be made Expressways. Mr BS Lamba (IAS Retd) said he took 1 B= hours to get to IIC from Chattarpur in a chauffeur driven car there being no connectivity for 6 kilometers from his house. Major General Vinod Saigal lamented the absence of parking organisation, overall lack of discipline and the impact of railway breakdowns on congestion which resulted in interminable congestion.

There was general criticism for the Metro buses which it was stated were uniformly of bad quality with no ownership by Metro or anyone else for what was happening.