The iconic Town Hall at Chandni Chowk, an important landmark of the city, will soon be turned into a museum housing rare and important artifacts and photographs relating to the MCD.
The Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) which took this decision on Wednesday also decided to turn the adjoining Azad Park into a tourist spot, with seating areas and food courts for the visitors to the Town Hall.
Earlier, the civic body was divided on the question whether to turn the landmark into a heritage hotel or a museum. Wednesday's decision, however, was taken after most of the councillors said that the objective of Town Hall should not be "earning revenue", but it should be turned into a heritage building, a tag it deserves.
Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the Standing Committee, said that while the finer details of the project is yet to be worked out, the idea now is to place important artifacts and information about MCD's achievements and history at the building.
"It is an iconic building and instead of earning money from it, it has to be turned into a heritage building to house important information relating to the civic body," he said.
The decision comes in the wake of a proposal sent by MCD commissioner KS Mehra to the Standing Committee in which he proposed that the Town Hall be converted into the office of the deputy commissioner of City Zone. At present, the City Zone office is located opposite Lok Nayak Hospital that needs a lot of renovation which is why the commissioner had proposed it.
However, the proposal was rejected by the Standing Committee.
Planned in 1857 to serve as an office for the municipality, the Town Hall acted as a platform for interaction between Europeans and Indians. It was modelled on city centres in Victorian England.
With MCD shifting its headquarters to the newly built Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre on Minto Road, the Town Hall is being vacated.