New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accompanied by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, addresses a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat, on July 11, 2019. . Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, July 12 : To ease traffic congestion, the Delhi government on Friday issued orders to install signages at 511 new auto stands.

Addressing a press conference, Transport and Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot said that the step was taken on people's demand.

"Delhi government has marked a huge number of stands for auto rickshaws in the city. It has now issued orders to the PWD, all DMs and other stakeholder agencies to install boards at the marked auto stands along with other materials so that it becomes easy for the commuters to locate the stands," he Gahlot.

The Transport Minister said a committee has been formed for the marking of the auto stands.

"The committee comprised all the road owning agencies, including the Delhi Police. It was ensured that the new auto stands don't pose a problem for the people or affect the traffic movement. GPS systems have also been included in the plan to help people locate the auto stands," Gahlot said.

The new auto stands will be notified on the websites of the Delhi government, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and other departments, he said.

The stands will also be notified on google maps with the help of coordinates of these stands.

"This will help people locate their nearest auto stand. The information about these stands would also be shared on the Delhi Government's Poocho app," he added.

Looking at the problem of traffic congestion, some new norms have also been put in place, Gahlot said.

"At any given point of time, not more than five autos would be allowed to be at the stand, so that there is no hindrance to traffic movement," the Minister said.

Gahlot also requested the traffic police to cooperate with the Delhi government in running these stands smoothly.

He said the demand for marked auto stands was long pending and the government had been receiving requests through e-mails, letters and other platforms.

"These requests were made to the Chief Minister of Delhi. Thereafter, the Chief Minister pushed the project and got it notified on priority," Gahlot said.

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