Those who love eating, shopping or just strolling in old Delhi’s messy lanes, Chandni Chowk is a favorite. One of the oldest shopping regions and tourist charms in the city, the place is well-known for its overcrowded gullies and congested roads that are flooded with shops and street food vendors. But now, off from its persona as Delhi’s most crowded area, it has undergone a massive and much-needed transformation. The photos of the transformed Chandni Chowk have gone viral and folks are totally awestruck!
Chandni Chowk, which is all set to reopen in November, has got a 1.3 km car-free zone, reaching between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri Masjid. Only rickshaws will be allowed to run on the stretch, which will be available to the differently able people too. This is meant to take care of all the unnecessary traffic and make people’s lives easier.
Several people shared videos and pictures of a renovated Chandni Chowk on Twitter, praising the development of the region.
— M.S.Bhatia,IPS (@MSBhatiaIPS) July 26, 2020
Here are some of the main highlights of Chandni Chowk:
1) All the electricity wires will be pushed underground, which is praiseworthy.
2) The 1.3 km stretch will be a non-motorised zone from 9 AM to 9 PM.
3) The decoration work will be done keeping Mughal architecture in mind.
4) To give it a Mughal-era feel, the place will be draped with 175 red sandstone planters.
5) The new Chandni Chowk will also have 250 moulsari trees.
6) There will be LED lighting.
7) After the completion of revamp work, Chandni Chowk will become the leading region in Delhi, limited only for pedestrians, cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws.
8) To adjust 2300 cars, a multilevel parking facility is being constructed by the North MCD near Gandhi Maidan.
9) Chandni Chowk renovation project is costing around 90 crore.
10) Rehabilitation on ancient sewer lines is also a part of the project