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Chandni Chowk ph-I to be ready by March-end

Chandni Chowk ph-I to be ready by March-end

New Delhi

: The first phase of the Chandni Chowk pedestrianisation will be completed by March 31 while the entire project will be over only by May-end, the latest project progress report submitted by Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) has stated.

A committee comprising the managing director of SRDC and nodal officers from PWD, BSES, DJB, traffic police and DUSIB had recently inspected the project. The revised timelines were submitted to the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, and the engineering wing was asked to increase the workforce to meet the new deadlines.

“Although the number of labourers working at the site has been increased subsequent to commencement of construction activity in December, but it is felt that there is still scope to increase resources considering the quantum of work to be completed. The superintendent engineer has been directed to increase resources, including labourers, with immediate effect,” the report stated.

The department is targeting to complete work in zones 2, 3 and 4 by March 31 while work in zone 1 and zone 5 will be completed by May 31. “Work is being done in phases. Barricading of zone 3 and zone 2 was carried out initially. Zone 3 is the central zone and zone 2 on the southern side is for non-motorised vehicles,” said an official.

The report also has a dedicated section on façade restoration. “It has been observed that unipoles and high-mast lights are yet to be removed from the streets and chowks. TV cables are also found hanging across the streets. Although the façade restoration is to be taken up in phase-II of the project, the air-conditioner units inside as well as outside the colonnade and signage boards installed on the shops need to be organised urgently,” it stated.

The deputy commissioner of City-Sadar Paharganj zone has been ordered to hold a meeting with the cable operators for removal of dangling open wires. Under the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project, PWD has put up huge barricades to restrict traffic movement on the main Chandni Chowk-Fatehpuri Masjid road. No motorised vehicle is allowed to ply on the stretch between 9am and 9pm. This has been done for the convenience of pedestrians.