Plantation work to start on Chandni Chowk stretch

Delhi: 8 August, 2021 (Times of India)

New Delhi: Horticulture work on the redeveloped Chandni Chowk stretch will be carried out with the help of one of the leading groups of hotels. A model stretch will be developed near the Fatehpuri mosque which will be later replicated along the entire 1.3km road.
During a recent Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) meeting, minister for urban development Satyendar Jain was briefed about consultations with the hotel group for the plantation project in the stretch under CSR initiative, an official said.
“The minister has approved the plan and the managing director of SRDC will coordinate with the ITC group authorities for taking up plantation in the Chandni Chowk stretch. The public works department will also extend its support,” the official stated.

Deputy director of the PWD’s horticulture section has been asked to ready a sample stretch for plantation in the central median near the mosque in consultation with the chief horticulturist of the hotel group. “Creating a sample stretch with installation of sandstone kerb in the central median near the Fatehpuri mosque will not be disturbing the entire corridor,” the minutes of the latest SRDC review meeting state.

The PWD will ensure installation of a central sandstone kerb in the sample stretch to create soil bed for plantation, which will be carried out before August 7, an official stated. Last year, the department had announced that the redeveloped stretch will be a lot greener. It had proposed to populate the 1.3km long stretch with 150 trees, while at present, there are only 90 trees on the boulevard.
Under the Chandni Chowk pedestrianisation and redevelopment project, greening of the entire stretch isalso to be carried out with 118 ornamental trees in the 1,300 m redevelopment area between Red Fort and the Fatehpuri mosque. These will be mostly native trees such as Kaim, said officials.