Review on Road Issues
Transportation dependent upon roads. Railways, including rapid transit systems like
Delhi Metro. Roads in Delhi are maintained by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB), Public Works Department
(PWD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
At 1749 km of road length per 100 km², Delhi has one of the highest road densities
in India. Major roadways include the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road, which had
a traffic density of 110,000 vehicles per day in 2001. Total road length of Delhi
was 28,508 km including 388 km of National Highways. Major road-based public transport
facilities in Delhi are provided by DTC buses, auto-rickshaws, taxis and cycle-rickshaws.
Delhi has significant reliance on its transport infrastructure. The city has developed
a highly efficient public transport system with the introduction of the Delhi Metro,
which is undergoing a rapid modernization and expansion. There are 5.5 million
registered vehicles in the city, which is the highest in the world among all cities
most of which do not follow any pollution emission norm (within municipal limits),
while the Delhi metropolitan region (NCR Delhi) has 11.2 million vehicles. Delhi
and NCR lose nearly 42 crore (420 million) man-hours every month while commuting
between home and office through public transport, due to the traffic congestion.
Therefore serious efforts, including a number of transport infrastructure projects,
are under way to encourage usage of public transport in the city.
The city is believed to have highest road density in the country and is well connected
to rest of the nation through five major national highways, namely NH 1, NH 2, NH
8, NH 10 and NH 24. The highways around city are being upgraded into expressways
with ultra-modern facilities.
Owing to a large amount of complaints from consumers, the Delhi Government in association
with Delhi Traffic Police runs a manned transport helpline which can be reached
at 011-23010101 while dialing from within the city. Citizens can make traffic related
complaints and suggestions. One can also report traffic violations observed and
misbehavior/refusal/overcharging by autorickshaws, buses and taxis.