‘New’ Chandni Chowk Enters Its Second Leg

Delhi: 20 Jan, 2022 (Times of India)

New Delhi: Delhi government’s Public Works Department has initiated the second phase of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project with the building and maintenance agency hiring a private consultancy firm to survey the areas around Jama Masjid for revamping.
“We hope to send a proposal on the estimated cost of reconstruction and other details for approval by the government by early February,” said a PWD official overseeing the redevelopment project.

The plan is to redevelop and beautify six other roads in the area, including Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Kashmere Gate, in the same manner as the main thoroughfare at Chandni Chowk.

The consultancy firm has been given nine months to complete the survey of the area, during which the surveyors will inform the department of the buildings and structures there, encroachments, bus shelters, public amenities and other such aspects that will have to be considered in the redevelopment plan.

The 1.3km main road of Chandni Chowk having been fully revamped and opened to the public, the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation is now paying attention to the second phase of the historic city quarter’s renewal. This heritage market and residential area, redolent of the old culture of Delhi, was until a few years ago on the brink of collapse due to poor maintenance, forcing PWD and the civic authorities to plan the beautification of the area.

In the second phase, the façades of the buildings around Jama Masjid are to be restore and better amenities will be installed for pedestrians on Netaji Subhash Marg. There will be a non-motorised vehicle zone on the road and new signboards and bollards will be put up at various points.

The segment chosen for revamp and beautification starts from Netaji Subhash Marg near Red Fort and then goes from Old Delhi Railway Station to Church Mission Road. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is also constructing its mega multi-level parking facility at Dangal Maidan, and this is expected to help reduce congestion on this section. There are very few bus stops on this stretch, which is another aspect that PWD will be addressing along with the transport department.

The redeveloped segment from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid has been paved with red sandstone and granite. At regular intervals benches and plants have been placed for visitors. CCTV cameras have also been installed for security and monitoring. Similar work will be carried out in the second phase.