THE UNIFIED Traffic and Transportation Centre set up by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has finally become operational.
The centre – set up following the direction of Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna – will coordinate with different civic agencies who are in the process of planning or implementing over a dozen transport projects in light of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“The centre will help in better coordination between different agencies so that various projects are implemented fast and in a time bound manner. At present there are so many different agencies like MCD, PWD, NDMC, DMRC and NDMC involved in various transport projects that coordination has become a problem. This centre will be the unified apex coordination body,” said a DDA official.
The DDA Board approved the setting up of the Centre in December 2007. “The centre will not only be responsible for preparing of corridor wise traffic and transportation issues, strategies and enforcement guidelines but will also develop protocols and norms for signages, street furniture, lighting, signals, hoardings, roadside landscape, zebra crossings, pedestrian passages, commuter facilities,” said a senior DDA official.
The agencies with whom the traffic centre will coordinate includes MCD, PWD, NDMC, NHAI, , DTC, DMRC, Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transport Services, Ministry of Surface Transport, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Civil Aviation, airport Authority of , Central road Research Institute, Centre for Science and environment and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
The centre is headed by Delhi L-G and will have DDA vice chairman and senior officials from the agencies concerned as its member