The Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) has approved three road development projects for S.P. Mukherjee Marg, the Chandni Chowk main road and the traffic plan around the Civic Centre precincts integrating the entire walled city.
UTTIPEC is a regulatory body that clears all infrastructure projects in Delhi. The MCD will implement these three projects.
Three architects —Abhimanyu Dalal (for Chandni Chowk project), Pradeep Sachdeva (for S.P. Mukherjee Marg project) and A.G.K. Menon (for integration of the walled city with the Civic Centre) — worked in tandem to chalk out micro-level details.
Once implemented, these would give equal space to all road users and preserve and conserve the heritage area.
Taking a “practical approach”, MCD officials said they would concentrate on only those things that are ‘do-able’ till June to avoid a mess ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October 2010.
“Our project will see the integration of all agencies, including the railways. We will focus mainly on road widening and up-gradation part of these projects in phase-I,” MCD Commissioner K.S. Mehra told HT.
Welcoming the approval, Menon said, “It is a revolutionary step.”