First introduced in Delhi on March 6, 1908, at the behest of Viceroy Lord Hardingm, the heritage joyride faded into oblivion in 1960 outdone by growing modern means of transport and vehicular traffic.
As a part of the redevelopment plan, trams will be introduced on a 2.5-km-long stretch to connect Subash Marg with Fatehpuri Masjid.
"Apart from trams, the proposal involves introducing lanes for non-motorized vehicles and 50 percent of the area will be reserved for pedestrian pathways. Vehicular traffic will be restricted in the area", said a senior Delhi government official, adding that the proposal was approved last week.
"The tram service will connect the stretch linking Red Fort with Fatehpuri Masjid and will run alongside wide footpaths," the official said.
According to sources, technical partners like Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) would be roped in for implementation of the trams project.
The details and designs of the proposal will be submitted to the Unified traffic & Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre to be chaired by Lt Governor himself next week.
Tenders will be issued to invite investment proposals in this regard.
The meeting was attended by officials from the Public Works Department, civic bodies and representatives from traders and non-motorized vehicle users of the area.
Trams, which were one of the cheapest means of conveyance, ran from 1908 to 1960. It connected Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazaar.     
However, trams were discontinued mainly because of space crunch and growing number of vehicles.


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