As a part of a pilot smart city project that will be launched next month, cars and buses likely to be banned in Connaught Place for three months, starting from February.

Pilot projects for automatic fare collection system, intelligent transit management system, city surveillance traffic management system and fibre to home services have been launched in the city under the Smart City Mission for their implementation by year-end by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).

Connaught Place is known to be the heart of Delhi and it is among one of the most visited places in Delhi. This move will surely create a lot of problems commuters in Delhi. (Read More : A Banyan tree has been ‘under arrest’ since 118 years. And the reason is too weird)

As part of the project, the inner and middle circles of Connaught Place — the imposing commercial area built by Edwin Lutyens in 1933 — will be barred to traffic.

‘Park and ride’ services will be offered from major parking areas at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg Palika parking. The total parking capacity at these three locations is 3,172 and only 1,088 vehicles are parked on an average, the police said.

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