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Have your say in deciding Chandni Chowk’s new look

Here’s your chance to play Shahjahan-II. Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) wants to know your thoughts on restoring the heritage look of Chandni Chowk.

delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2009 23:46 IST
Neelam Pandey

Here’s your chance to play Shahjahan-II.

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) wants to know your thoughts on restoring the heritage look of Chandni Chowk.

Tuesday onwards, you can simply post your suggestions on the website shahjahanabad.in. However, you get just one week to make your point.

The Chandni Chowk redevelopment project kick starts in September.

With the civic body’s earlier attempts to fast-track the redevelopment project collapsing before reaching the execution level, MCD is now seeking people’s participation in the decision making process.

To ensure greater transparency in the project, MCD will also put Chandni Chowk’s detailed project report on its website for public view.

For the first time, a public meeting of all stakeholders — including retail traders, wholesellers and residents was organised by the civic agency on Saturday to seek their response on how they want Chandni Chowk to be redeveloped.

The proposed project’s design was also shown to the stakeholders.

“This is the first time that we have organised such a meeting, as the aim is to redevelop the area by taking the views of the people who live there. All the stakeholders will also be able to send their responses through our website,” said deputy commissioner of MCD’s city zone, Vijay Singh.

After receiving the responses and suggestions from the public, MCD will make required changes to the present proposal.

“Our main idea is to ensure that the people of the area are happy with the project that we have proposed. For instance, a number of people wanted the exterior of the proposed trams to have retro rather than modern styling. We will be making the required changes,” said Singh.

As part of the redevelopment plan, pedestrians will have more walking space in the area, as the footpaths too will be made approximately 6-metre-wide.

Also, the traffic flow will be made one-way to decongest the area.

People visiting Chandni Chowk area will be able to park their vehicles at Parade Ground parking, which will be turned into a multilevel parking.

Apart from widening footpaths, streetscaping would also be carried out. Under the project, ducts would be created so that all the cables and electricity wires would be shifted in the underground space.