The ambitious Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) may finally see the light of day. The civic agency has submitted a detailed project report of the redevelopment plan to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) for approval.
This plan has been chalked out as part of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan.
“One part of the central verge (on Chandni Chowk road) will have special buses plying similar to the open-air buses plying in Pragati Maidan while the other side will be for private vehicles to move out of Chandni Chowk,” said deputy commissioner of city zone, Vijay Singh.
Singh added the idea of using trams as a mode of transport in Chandni Chowk could still be explored.
The buses will run from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid and back. There will be bus stops in the middle. On the other side of the central verge will be a one-way 3.5 m motor lane for private vehicles to ply on.
There are also plans of reviving water canals and other water bodies that once existed in Chandni Chowk.
The plan also includes streetscaping work. Facades of government buildings will also be restored. Shopkeepers will be encouraged to carry out similar restoration work.
Private vehicles entering from Delhi Gate and SP Mukherjee Marg will have to park in Parade Ground and Gandhi Maidan, respectively, and take the bus inside Chandni Chowk or walk. These vehicles will then exit from the Walled City via Town Hall, HC Sen or Church Mission roads and will take the motor lane.
“Special emphasis has been laid on pedestrian walkways. A space of six metres has been dedicated on both sides on the road for footpaths. The cost of re-laying the main Chandni Chowk road along with other roads in the Walled City and carrying out ducting of service lines is Rs 45 crore approximately. We will build centralised plazas around Fatehpuri Masjid, Town Hall and Lajpat Rai Market which will serve as open public spaces,” Singh added.