Trams may be back on track in Chandni Chowk
Delhiites may get a slice of history back with the government for the first time considering a proposal to build a tramline in Chandni Chowk. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has prepared a detailed project report on the venture, will give a presentation to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Friday.
Metro officials said they would need help from other agencies for the construction of the tramline. The tramlines will be constructed on the left of the main road of Chandni Chowk. “We have proposed 4.3-km of tramline in the busy Chandni Chowk area, but 1.6 km of it will have to be elevated due to lack of space. The tram coaches will be gated and the ticketing system will be based on the existing metro system, which is either by smart cards or tokens,” said SD Sharma, director (business development) of DMRC.
The construction of tramlines will be part of the Shahjehanabad Redevelopment Project that envisages tram services along with non-motorised vehicles at Chandni Chowk and its neighbouring areas.
From 1908 to 1963, trams chugged amid tongas, cyclerickshaws and bicycles in Old Delhi. But this time around, the DMRC said that there would be no movement of vehicles or rickshaws around trams.
“Once we complete the construction, cars or rickshaw will not be allowed around 250 metres of the trams. The tram trains can run at a maximum speed of 50km/ hr but we will limit its speed to 15km/hr. The train will stop at every 200 metres, and gates at the 3-coach tram trains will ensure that people don’t board or deboard while it is moving,” Sharma added.
Trams connected Asaf Ali Marg, Paharganj, Old Delhi Railway Station and Chandni Chowk between 1908 and 1963. “We will link it with both the railway stations for better connectivity. People using metro can use the tram through their same smart cards,” he added. The trams are expected to draw a ridership of 1 lakh people everyday.