New Delhi: Today’s Old Delhi was once called Shahjahanabad, which was known for rich heritage and used to boast good roads and streets, but after the Independence its condition has deteriorated. Now, Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation has taken the responsibility of preserving its historical significance.

The government has made plan to spend more than Rs 3.50 crore in 5 years. Various projects for giving facelift to Shahjahanabad were launched by Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal at Mahatma Gandhi Park in Town hall on Monday evening.

Others who attended the programme include Urban Development Minister Dr AK Walia, Food and Supply Minister Haroon Yusuf, MLA Prahlad Singh Sahni, Chief Secretary PK Tripathi, Corporation Commissioner KS Mehra and Jal Board CEO Ramesh Negi.

Earlier Chief Minister Sheila Dixit had to come for inauguration, but due to health reasons, she could not attend the programme.

Kapil Sibal said, “Wholesale market of Old Delhi should be shifted outside Delhi and buildings must be revamped.”

He stressed on the formation of a monitoring committee for reviewing of development of Chandani Chawk areas.