Things To Know About Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan
Recently, the Delhi government's Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan hit another roadblock as Architect Abhimanyu Dalal, who initially prepared the road map for the project, resigned citing repeated delays. But what is this project all about, and what difference will it make to Delhi in general, and Chandni Chowk in particular?
Chandni Chowk, or Delhi-6 as it is fondly called, has been a landmark bazaar since the Mughal era. This market in Old Delhi, apart from being a shopping destination for locals and tourists alike, has also made headlines for illegal constructions, encroachment and traffic congestion. Despite a number of court orders and drives against these issues, Chandni Chown has seen little change so far. On the contrary, these problems have only grown worse over past few years.
- About a decade ago, the Delhi government had announced the ambitious Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan to address the many problems the area faces.
- According to the Delhi government website, the aim of the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan is to “take remedial measures to decongest the current mixed traffic congestion and other related issues in a way that the solutions are both economically feasible and technologically viable in terms of power consumption, environment-friendliness, etc”.
- The project aims to make the iconic Chandni Chowk market pedestrian-friendly. This will promote easy walkthrough for shoppers, providing the much-needed visibility to stores.
- In order to decongest roads, plans are afoot to barricade roads. The visitors or even business owners will have to park their vehicles in the parking lot and take the e-bus to their destination; this will reduce traffic congestion.
- Initially, the project was to be completed before the Commonwealth Games of 2010, which were hosted in Delhi. But this did not materialise, and the ambitious redevelopment plan continues to face roadblocks, which are causing delays.
The areas to be covered
The project is to be implemented in two phases:
- Phase 1: The first phase will include underground electric wiring of Main Road Chandni Chowk (Lal Jain Mandir to Fatehpuri Masjid), Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Church Mission road, H C Sen Road, Esplanade Road, Nai Sarak, Dariba Kalan, Jama Masjid, Urdu Bazar and Matia Mahal.
- Phase 2: The second phase will include street improvement work in Chandni Chowk, creation of pedestrian-friendly environment with distinctive charm for Chandni Chowk, integrated plan for creating heritage environment, etc. This phase will cover the stretch at Chandni Chowk from Lal Jain Mandir to Fatehpuri Masjid.
The parties involved in execution
The redevelopment of Chandni Chowk is to be done in collaboration by multiple agencies – North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Fire Service (DFS), Mahanagar Telecommunication Ltd (MTNL), Indrasprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), among other stakeholders.
How will the plan make a difference?
If the redevelopment plan takes off, it will bring a welcome change to the scene at this overcrowded market, which is now losing its old-world charm to the menace of congestion and encroachment. The businesses here will flourish, as more and more shoppers who avoid this area due to congestion will be willing to shop here.
Through this project, the government can protect and preserve some of the walled city's historical monuments and heritage sites of importance to both India's culture and tourism.