By Arré Bench Jul. 28, 2020
One of the oldest markets and residential areas in the country, Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk, is all set to get a much-needed facelift this November. The new walkway will be a motor-free zone, with only pedestrian traffic allowed for most of the day.
One of the oldest markets and residential areas in the country, Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk, is all set to get a much-needed facelift this November.
Following a renovation plan that kicked off in December 2018 — and faced a last minute delay over the coronavirus pandemic — the project to beautify Chandni Chowk has gathered steam in the last few weeks, and looks like it’s finally on the path to completion.
Several residents of the capital took to Twitter to share clips and images of this once-unfathomable transformation in action.
Fantastic! 😍 Here’s the Glimpse of the new look of Historic #ChandniChowk.
It will be fully ready for public use by the first week of November.
Checkout the details on following link 👇https://t.co/5qmLI5tbht@dilipkpandey @raghav_chadha @AtishiAAP @aartic02 @SwatiJaiHind pic.twitter.com/ug1bjOBrjU
— Dipanshu Kabra (@ipskabra) July 27, 2020
The new walkway, which the state government will inaugurate in November, will be a motor-free zone, with only pedestrian traffic allowed for most of the day. A separate carriageway has been created for cycle rickshaws, beside the 5.4-metre footpath.
— M.S.Bhatia,IPS (@MSBhatiaIPS) July 26, 2020
The walkway is adorned with decorative posts, plants, and will soon host 250 moulsari trees as well. A long-term resident of the area took to Twitter to say the project was once unimaginable, and the best thing to have happened to Chandni Chowk.
— VIKRANT YADAV (@ReporterVikrant) July 27, 2020
A big thank you to everyone involved in transforming Chandni Chowk in Delhi into a pedestrian-only zone (between 9am and 9pm). More of this, please. pic.twitter.com/cLGfR14czh
— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) July 25, 2020
Linking the road from Fatehpuri Masjid to Lal Quila, the walkway also borrows motifs from the Mughal-style of architecture that’s synonymous with old Delhi. The entire project cost the state government Rs 90 crore.
All the electric wires that were once seen dangerously criss-crossing over heads are notably missing. Reports say they’ve been finally shifted underground.
The Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan by @ArvindKejriwal
The entire Project is expected to completed by Nov 2020.
Budget : 90+ crores.
This will be a complete transformation of the “Crowded Chandni Chowk” bringing it to its historic glory
Some blueprints. pic.twitter.com/AiX8GgWW4A
— DaaruBaaz Mehta (@DaaruBaazMehta) July 23, 2020
-Crowded Chandni Chowk in Delhi Undergoes Transformation
-1.3 Km Stretch btwn Red Fort & Fatehpuri Masjid has been turned into a car-free zone
-Decision was taken keeping in mind the Mughal-era architectural style
-Beautification,Cleanliness, Pedestrian friendly
Great Sight😃 pic.twitter.com/6bBDnaS0HV
— UrbanVoices.in | #StayAtHome🏡 (@urbanvoicesin) July 28, 2020
Glimpse of the Historic Chandni Chowk as @ArvindKejriwal Govt is working 24*7 towards the redevelopment of the entire area
Beautification, Cleanliness, Pedestrians, Sitting Area, Greenery.
Once ready in Nov, this will be a Landmark in Delhi pic.twitter.com/NHfduyi7IU
— आशुपुराण (@ashwini294) July 23, 2020
With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal now announcing that the first phase of construction is almost complete, it’s only a matter of time before residents can visit a brand new Chandni Chowk. Until then, let’s hope other city administrations are watching too.