The Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), on August 27, 2018, has approved a proposal for pedestrianisation of Chandni Chowk. As per the plan, Chandni Chowk will be the first locality in the national capital, where motorised vehicles will be banned and only pedestrians, cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws will be allowed, between 9 am and 9 pm, an official said. However, the timeline for the implementation of the move is yet to be decided.
The decision was taken at a governing body meeting of the UTTIPEC. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal. The official said that vehicular traffic would only be allowed from 9 pm to 9 am in the area, adding emergency vehicles such as fire tenders and ambulances, would be allowed. According to UTTIPEC, a symmetrical section is proposed, considering its historical values and for the movement of fire tenders and emergency vehicles.
“Under the redevelopment plan of Chandni Chowk, it was also decided to increase the central verge from two metres to 3.5 metres, with 5.5 metres of carriageway on both sides,” the official said. The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) has been asked to execute the redevelopment plan of the area. All infrastructure projects in the national capital, are approved by UTTIPEC headed by the Lt Governor.