New Delhi: Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area is waiting for its beautification and makeover for long. The plan to beautify old Delhi was first included in the master plan of the national capital in 1962, but nothing has been done in this regard so far.

The Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) headed by Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Tejinder Khanna approved the project to redevelop Chandni Chowk, once known as Shahjahanabad.

But the question is that whether the project will be implemented or not? The present situation of the project is the same as it was 10 years back.

After the UTTIPEC got green signal for the beautification, the Delhi government on March 22 approved around Rs 19 crore-budget for the makeover.

The foremost thing included in the project is to improve the transport system from Chandni Chowk to Fatehpuri Masjid and making one-way traffic movement in the area. However, the agencies which will implement the project are unaware of the tasks they have to do.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said that they were unaware of the project and work to be carried out. “Since we have not received any written order, there will be no change in the movement of traffic,” said Garg.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) which will carry out the beautification work is waiting for the fund.

MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur said that the agency is still waiting for the orders on how to begin the work.

He said that under Phase-I of the project, Rs 19 crore have been sanctioned in the budget and the Lt Governor has assured the agency that the amount can be increased if needed.

Chandni Chowk Traders Board General Secretary Sanjay Bhargava said that redevelopment of Chandni Chowk should have been done earlier but the issue was not taken seriously by any department. Around 40-50 thousand tourists throng the area every day.

JPN/Bureau