Giving impetus to the Delhi government’s ambitious project to redevelop old Delhi under its Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Plan, the agency that clears infrastructure projects in the Capital has given its nod to the modified proposal submitted by the public works department.
Sources said the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), the agency, has agreed to the proposal to carry out the development work in phased manner.
The Delhi government will now go to the high court with the modified plan to get its clearance before starting the redevelopment plan, said a source.
The Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Plan has been in waiting for almost six years now and has been inaugurated at least twice.
The project envisages complete makeover of Chandni Chowk and aims at reviving the lost glory of Shahjahanabad, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
“In the first phase of the project, dangling power cables will be laid underground and heritage lights will be installed on the 1.3-km long road of central vista of Chandni Chowk and pedestrian ways will be created,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Officials said a separate 4.5-metre corridor would be built. While 2.5-metre of this corridor would be used for non-motorised vehicles, the remaining 2-metre lane would be pedestrianised. The government is likely to spend R40 crore on this plan.
In Phase Two, the government is likely to enhance the parking along the periphery of Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk is one of the most congested parts of the Capital and the redevelopment plan also aims at streamlining the movement of pedestrians, non-motorised vehicles and automobiles.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit recently made changes in the organisational structure of the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation, the agency responsible for the redevelopment programme, and took its reins in her own hands.
Multiplicity of authorities, confused decision-making and lack of political have been the reasons behind the inordinate delay in reviving the plan, sources said.