Chandni Chowk, which was once the most magnificent shopping plaza in the Capital and has been decaying for the past few decades, may be brought back to life again.
The north corporation has recently decided to revive the seven-year-old restoration project and has decided to request an expression of interest (EOI) for a consultant.
Senior officials of the corporation said the advertisement would be released next week and once the consultant is hired, the redevelopment plan may finally start on the ground. The plan includes aligning the footpath, shifting services underground and a new traffic plan for the main road.
According to the terms and conditions of the EOI, the consultant will have to prepare drawings for the implementation of the project and will have to assist the north corporation in all aspects associated with the completion of the project that has previously been approved by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC).
The consultant will be responsible for obtaining no-objection certificates for Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) and traffic agencies for the project.
"The project to redevelop Chandni Chowk was announced years ago and has not yet been implemented but the effort has started again. The consultant we will hire will assist in the redevelopment of the main Chandni Chowk road and its link roads," said a senior official. The corporation plans to spend R30 crore in the implementation of the project.
It is to be noted that while the Congress government is supposed to bear the costs of the plan, the BJP-led north corporation is supposed to implement it. In the upcoming assembly elections, both parties aim to gain mileage out of the project.
In 2012, after the split of the MCD, there was confusion over the project since the Delhi Government had transferred all roads of 60 metre width to the PWD. Now it has been declared that the Chandni Chowk project will be implemented by the north corporation.
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“We are told that a meeting took place between the Railways and the PWD. But the PWD has not submitted the draft site plan despite a court order, ” a bench of justice S Ravindra Bhat and justice S Muralidhar said. “...Even after the lapse of seven months, no site plan has been forwarded by the PWD.
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