Inauguration of ‘new’ Chandni Chowk put off

TNN | Apr 12, 2021, 04.13 AM IST

New Delhi: The inauguration of the new avatar of Chandni Chowk on April 17 by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been postponed owing to the rapid rise in Covid cases in the capital.
A circular, issued on April 9, by the PWD minister’s office to the engineer-in-chief of PWD stated that the inauguration stood cancelled. The redeveloped area — a 1.3-km stretch between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Mosque — was earlier scheduled to be inaugurated at 11am on April 17.
While the circular did not state any specific reason for the cancellation, an official said it was done after Delhi started reporting a spike in daily Covid cases. There is a lack of clarity on whether the inauguration would be held at a later date.

The 1.3-km stretch has been beautified as part of the project to redevelop the Walled City. The project was carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 99 crore. Work began on December 1, 2018, and was targeted to be completed by November 2020. But due to the Covid pandemic, it got delayed by a year.