Delhi Traffic Regulation for “Run for Unity” on 31 Oct

Delhi Traffic Police has announced traffic regulations on 31 Oct for “Run for Unity” from 6:30 am to 8:30 am.

The programme is likely to cause traffic congestion at C-Hexagon and nearby areas. So, avoid ‘C’-Hexagon (India Gate) – Mansingh Road between 6:30 am to 9:00 am.

Suggested Routes available for general traffic:-

1. South to North and vice versa:
a) Ring Road – Sarai Kale Khan – I.P. Flyover – Rajghat.
b) Lala Lajpat Rai Marg – Mathura Road – W-Point- A-Point
c) Aurobindo Marg – Kamal Ataturk Marg – Kautilya Marg -Sardar Patel Marg – Mother Teresa Crescent – R/A RML and continue.
d) Arbindo Marg- Arbindo Chowk –Prithve Raj Chowk- R/A MLNP – Janpath or Rafi Marg – Cannought Place-New Delhi Rly. Station (Chelmsford Road- Minto Road)

2. East to West and vice versa:
a) I.P. Marg – A Point – Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg –Minto Road– Connaught Place – Baba Kharak Singh Marg Place-Gole Dak Khana and continue.
b) I.P. Marg – A Point – W Point – Sikandra Road- Mandi House – Firojshah Road R/A Windsor Place – Ashok Road-Gole Dak Khana – RML – Shankar Road
c) NH-24 – Ring Road – Bhairon Road -Mathura Road – SBM- Q-Point-Abdul Kalam Marg and continue.
d) Ring Road – ISBT Kashmere Gate – Boulevard Road – Baraf Khana Chowk – Rani Jhansi Road and continue.

3. South to Central Sectt. and Connaught Place:
a) Mother Teresa Crescent – Park Street – R/A RML – Pandit Pant Marg for Central Secretariat and Park Street – Baba Kharak Singh Marg/Mandir Marg for Connaught Place.
b) Mathura Road – W Point – Sikandra Road-R/A Mandi House- Bara Khambha Road- Connaught Place. (for Connaught Place)
c) For Central Secretariat- Mathura Road – W Point – Sikandra Road-R/A Mandi House – Firojshah Road – R/A Windsor Place-Ashok road-Gole Dak Khana & Pant Marg.
d) Arvindo Marg – Tuglak Road – Gole Methi – Krishna Menon Marg – Rafi Marg -Rail Bhawan- Cannought Place or Arbindo Marg- Prithvi Raj Road- Moti Lal Negru Marg- R/A MLNP- Janpath- Cannought Place.
e) For Central Secretariat –Rail Bhawan-Red Cross Road-Imtiaz Khan Marg- Central Secretariat Road or Ashoka Road-Gole Dak Khana-Pant Marg- Central Secretariat.

4. For RML Hospital
a) From North – R/A Windsor- Gole Dak Khana- RML Hospital
b) From South- Mother Teresa Crescent – R/A RML

5. Man Singh Road -Janpath and Rafi Marg are available for crossing Rajpath

Motorists should take below mentioned route to go New Delhi instead of Shanti Path:

Sardar Patel Marg – Mother Teresa Crescent – R/A RML – Baba Kharak Singh Marg or Park Street – Mandir Marg and proceed further to New Delhi and beyond areas.

Please plan your travel keeping this in mind.


2 Superfast Special trains between CST and Hazrat Nizamuddin

The Railway has decided to run two superfast special trains between CST in Mumbai and Hazrat Nizamuddin to clear the extra rush of passengers. The train will halt at Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik, Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt and Mathura and will consist of two AC-2 tier, four AC-3 tier, 10 sleeper class and luggage-cum-generator brake van.

The Details are as follows:

  1. Train no. 02041 supetrfast special(one trip) will leave CST at 5.15 pm on August 12 and will arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 5.30 pm the next day.
  1. Train no. 02042 superfast supetrfast special(one trip) will leave Hazrat Nizamuddin at 12.20am on August 14 and will arrive CST at 12.30 am next day.

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An odd policy

The odd-even car proposal is being enforced in Delhi without any evidence or cost-benefit analysis

We are now preparing for the eventuality that on any given day, only odd- or even-numbered cars will operate in Delhi. Before such a policy is implemented, it would be logical to ask the following questions:

Do we know how many cars and motorcycles registered in Delhi are on the roads every day? Has any city succeeded with such a policy? Are we sure how much each pollutant will be reduced if this policy is implemented? What is the proportion of vehicles that will have to be exempted by this law? Do we have the technology and the policing capability to enforce this law?

Unfortunately, the Delhi government and most of the NGOs pushing for this policy do not have a clue about the actual numbers. The first auto fuel policy committee, led by R.A. Mashelkar, published a report in 2002, which showed that the actual number of motorcycles and cars active on Delhi roads was about 65 per cent of the registered numbers. From the political establishment to the media to the researchers, everyone ignored this aspect of the report. In 2013 and 2014, researchers from IIT-Delhi conducted similar surveys in Delhi, Rajkot and Visakhapatnam and discovered that the actual number of vehicles operating in these cities was about 50 to 55 per cent of the registered vehicles. These results have been published in special reports, international journals and newspapers. The Central and state governments were also informed, but no action was taken. It appears that because of the one-time registration system, no vehicle ever leaves the registration records.

The studies also indicated that the car and motorcycle fleet in Delhi was one of the youngest, had one of the highest fuel efficiency values, and was driven for a shorter distance annually compared to those in European cities. The most recent census data indicates that, in Delhi, only 13 per cent of the work trips use cars as compared to Singapore where the share of cars is more than 30 per cent — and that is in spite of the excellent public transport facilities and hard restrictions on car ownership in Singapore.

It is no one’s case that car-use should not be minimised in Delhi. But in order to do so, we must first know the facts as well as the international policy experience to better evaluate our options.

An impression has been created that many cities have been successful with such policies. The fact is that not a single city in the world has succeeded in enforcing the odd-even policy over any length of time. Beijing is the most often discussed example. But even in China, this policy was successfully implemented only around the Olympic Games. Only a few cities in the developing world have experimented with this idea — and all have failed. The results of the policy were unintended. For instance, it led to increased sales of motorcycles and cheaper, used cars by people wanting to own both odd and even numbered vehicles. This resulted in more accidents and increased pollution. It also led to a greater use of false number plates. Moreover, everyone demanded exemptions, including the elderly, the disabled and even those claiming to have an important occupation, like doctors.

We do not even have a reliable estimate about the expected reduction in the small particulate matter (PM2.5) as a result of this policy. As of now, there are only two scientific studies that give us somewhat reliable estimates for the proportion of PM2.5 emitted by the transport vehicles in Delhi.

S. Guttikunda’s modelling studies estimate this to be less than 20 per cent of the total. Pallavi Pant and her associates conducted a study around the heavily travelled Mathura Road and estimated the contribution of the road traffic exhaust to be 18.7 per cent and 16.2 per cent in the summer and winter seasons respectively.

A thought exercise can be conducted by taking an exaggerated version of these estimates at 30 per cent. In most cities where studies have been done, freight and delivery vehicles contribute at least 30 per cent. These will have to be exempted and so will all the taxis, emergency vehicles and other municipal services. This would mean that less than half of the vehicles polluting the city would be affected (15 per cent of pollution) by such an odd-even policy. Of these, half of the vehicles will be allowed on the road and, therefore, the most optimistic estimate of PM2.5 reduction will be around 7 per cent. We also know that when vehicle-use is restricted, other vehicles travel more every day. This leaves us with an estimated pollution reduction of less than 5 per cent.

However, we do have an enormous public health problem at hand and people want something to be done. The global evidence suggests that the best policy is restricting car-use. This can be achieved by enforcing stricter parking restrictions at all locations, including offices, and by making people pay for the parking. This should be accompanied by lifting the restrictions on the auto-rickshaws and taxis plying in the NCR region.

In addition, all taxes affecting taxi and auto-rickshaw operations should be replaced by an engine-size-based annual pollution tax imposed on all private vehicles and used, in turn, to fund public transport. The above measures will lead to a greater public demand for the provisioning of safer and more convenient public transport facilities. In turn, it would also incentivise walking and bicycling in the city, and cleaner air.


Mumbaikars spend an average of 230 hours per year waiting for a bus


Commuters in India are spending an average of 45 minutes traveling one way as compared to 33 minutes spend by commuters in US on the one way daily travel. Commuters in Mumbai spend an average of 138 minutes, 2.3 hours everyday traveling to work while those in Delhi spend 1.7 hours. Though average both ways travel time for Delhi is relatively less than that of Mumbai, carbon dioxide emissions for the capital stand at  10,305.60 gms as compared  7,043.64 gms in Mumbai.

But before we go into more details let us understand what traffic congestion is –

Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing.  As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage.


Traffic congestion, jams occur when there are more cars on the road than the road was originally designed for.  One might think that increasing the road capacity might ease this congestion but according to a 2011 study in the The American Economic Review, researchers from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics, analyzed data from the U.S. Highway Performance and Monitoring System for 1983, 1993 and 2003, as well as information on population, employment, geography, transit, and political factors. They determined that the number of vehicle-kilometers traveled (VKT) increases in direct proportion to the available lane-kilometers of roadways. The implication is that building new roads and widening existing ones only results in additional traffic that continues to rise until peak congestion returns to the previous level.


Instead Economist Anthony Downs argues that rush hour traffic congestion is inevitable because of the benefits of having a relatively standard work day ( too many people having the same routine, too many people using the same limited utilities). Downs advocates greater use of road pricing to reduce congestion (a demand-side solution, effectively rationing demand), in turn plowing the revenues generated therefrom into public transportation projects. Yes, he suggests that if people start paying for their road usage then perhaps traffic congestion might decrease. While we have already seen this implemented in the country in the form of toll booths on newly constructed highways, one wonders how the people who use cars as their main means of transportation, 56.57% in Delhi versus 25% in Mumbai, might react to this. 



There are more people on roads, there are more cars on roads, than there were in the previous years and with every passing year these are going to increase and increase. Below are a few negative impacts these increasing numbers and traffic congestion have – 

  • Wasting time of motorists and passengers.
    – As a non-productive activity for most people, congestion reduces regional economic health.
    – Delays, which may result in late arrival for employment, meetings, and education, resulting in lost business, disciplinary action or other personal losses.
    Inability to forecast travel time accurately, leading to drivers allocating more time to travel “just in case”, and less time on productive activities.
  • Environment Downside
    Wasted fuel increasing air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions owing to increased idling, acceleration and braking.
  • Delays in Emergency situations
    – Blocked traffic may interfere with the passage of emergency vehicles traveling to their destinations where they are urgently needed – ambulances, fire brigades, police help etc.
  • Stress
    – Stressed and frustrated motorists, encouraging road rage and reduced health of motorists
    – Higher chance of collisions due to tight spacing and constant stopping-and-going.

We think the most negative impact is the waste of time lost in commuting from one place to another. As real estate prices soar and people live farther and farther away from their work, a lot of time is lost not just in commuting but also waiting for the mass transit modes. People in Mumbai who take the bus everyday to work spend an average of 19 minutes waiting as opposed to the 6 minutes spent by the people in Delhi. 19 minutes spent waiting for a one way trip, everyday, accumulates to 13870 minutes an year, which is a total of 230 hours. Add to this the average 71 minutes one way travel time by buses, which totals to 863 hours in an year for the average Mumbaikar. 

Solutions and suggestions have been made aplenty and mostly revolve around improving the road structure, better urban planning and design, controlling the supply and demand both of people and cars. But the problem with these solutions is that they will take time to implement and take an even longer time to show positive results. And, ironically it is only time that we do not seem to have. 

A present day solution to this problem is the availability of accurate real-time commute information, a solution already adopted and implemented in the western world. On our side of the fence, while we wait for the administration to modernize the entire commute infrastructure, small steps are being taken by varied entrepreneurs to provide solutions to connecting and commuting problems. On demand cab and taxi services are on a rise and a small initiative has been taken by us, at zophop, to provide real-time bus information for 15 cities in India.

Using the Check-In feature, this crowdsourced effort gives better information each time more people use it. You can now view buses in real-time and get ETA to your stops too – 

A bus moving in real-time in Mumbai

A bus moving in real-time in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

real time ETA to next stop

real time ETA to next stop

You can get the app here from Google PlayStore. Do Check-In while traveling and contribute to this crowdsourcing initiative – the more people use it, the more information everyone gets.

Average waiting times, traffic index, one way road trip times, percentage usage of transit means, economic theories and definitions have been referenced from from Wikipedia and Numbeo.


Places Delhi loves to eat at

We had done a post before on eating out in the city – Try these eating places in Delhi this weekend. But those were our suggestions. So we asked the people of Delhi what places they loved to eat at and below is a list of the same –

1. Not just Paranthas – You are gonna love this one. They have joints all over the cities and the paranthas are simply to die for. Go ahead, don’t think much, just go here and eat.

2. Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, Paranthewali Gali – we don’t have to say any more 

3.  Khan Chachas – If you haven’t had the rolls here, you haven’t had the rolls here

4. Rajinder Dhaba, Greenpark – amazing curries, chilled out atmosphere, booze nearby, what more can a man ask for?

5. Cyber Hub, Gurgoan – all eating places under one roof

Here are some other places which Delhi loves –

Carnatic Cafe, New friends Colony
Navedhyam, throughout the city
Khan Market
various joints in Laxmi Nagar
everything in Hauz Khas Village
different joints in Shahpur Jat
Nizam, CP
QD, Satya Niketan
Parantha Gali, Qutub Institutional Area

Have a favourite eating spot in Delhi? Do let us know in the comments below. Happy eating!


Try these eating places in Delhi this weekend

People of Delhi, is the heat getting too much for you?
Are you feeling drained and lifeless?

We know how sweaty and yucky it can get in Delhi and well all one wants to do is stay in near the ac at home, but what if we told there are some cool places you could chill at this this weekend and enjoy some great food and drinks!

East Delhi
1. Café 21 – Zomato Link
Hunting for authentic Italian food in East Delhi? Your search ends here- head to this place.

Cafe 21

2. Tesoro Mio – Zomato Link
Definitely one of the better-known places in this part of the city, come here for a hearty meal and a wonderful service.
tesoro mio
For the ones who put up in West Delhi

1. The Club Road Café – Zomato Cafe
This place is getting a lot of attention due to media coverage, innovative items in the menu and also because Sunny Leone paid a visit recently.

club road
2. The Backyard – Zomato Link
Not known to be pocket-friendly, but then again, good things don’t come cheap! Try this place for a fun night out with friends. Please don’t drink and drive!

the backyard

If North Delhi is home for you

1. QD’s – Zomato Link
If tandoori food is your idea of fun, then QD’s is your kind of place. Also popular for its yummy shakes and mocktails and a funky décor. Try this, you won’t regret.

2. Big Yellow Door – Zomato Link
This place is known for its super delicious food, an amazing ambience, quick service and all this at really reasonable prices. No wonder, this place is always crowded. A word of caution: prepare to stand in the long queue.

big yellow door

For the spoilt brats of South Delhi

1. Diggin – Zomato Link
Perfect for a lazy day out. You will love the ambience and the place as much as you will enjoy the yummy food and desserts. Don’t forget to carry that DSLR if you have one!


2. Hauz Khas Social – Zomato Link
The most trending place in the city right now, if you still haven’t paid a visit to this innovative restaurant, you are seriously missing out on something.

hauz khas social_hkv

For those who belong to Central Delhi

1. Vault Cafe – Zomato Link
If music and dance with drinks is what you plan to do this weekend, it’s gotta be at Vault Café! Must, must visit!


2. Q’BA – Zomato Link
Is a sumptuous buffet your path to instant gratification? Head out at Q’BA and you’ll thank us later!


This is probably not a good practice but this time we have linked the images to their sources instead of citing them here. So for image links and credits just click on the picture.

5th International Jazz festival – An exhilarating experience

The atmosphere at Nehru park was nothing short of magical.  As you entered the garden you noticed, among the dim colorful lights hidden in the green grassy bushes, people of varied nationalities had turned up for the event. 

I was getting bored over the weekend when a push notification on this app I use told me about the Jazz festival being held in Delhi. I was perplexed because this event wasn’t publicized all that well. I did a little research and found out that this is an event organised by the Government of India, more specifically the Indian Council for Cultural relations.

11072122_10206088754959212_794981576_n The crowd in the rear was a very laid back one.  People had brought their picnic baskets and coolers with their blankets and also pillows in a few cases. From family outings to wine bottles being uncorked over candlelit dinners to people swaying to the music, all that jazz was the background score for their evening.


As I moved towards the stage I encountered the more serious crowd. Chairs had been put up in the front section. The stage, the on-stage lights, the sound system were surprisingly very good.

Musicians from so many countries like France to Italy to Spain to Israel to our own India performed over the 3 day festival. For a person who is used to metal concerts a jazz concert was refreshingly different. The beautiful soulful music was one to lose yourself in.

There was this instance where two people from a trio of musicians from Hungary didn’t turn up because of commute issues. Undeterred, the single performer from the trio first performed solo and then called upon the drummer from the Israeli group to jam with. What followed next was the bliss of creation on music. To top it all off this festival did not have any kind of an entry fee.

This jazz festival was a very pleasant introduction to the finer things in life, best enjoyed with a glass of fine wine.

Prashant Tambey was kind enough to spare us a few words for this incredible experience he had.  Mr Tambey is a Mechanical engineer by profession and a traveler – guitarist otherwise.  He also designs and sketches  – here is a very beautiful sketch of Scarlett Johansson. If you are keen to discuss about travel in the southern, western and northern parts of India you can connect with him here.

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