The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), on Monday, informed Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung that the tram line proposed as part of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project is expected to have a ridership of 1 lakh people in a day.
In a meeting with senior officials — including the secretary of the Public Works Department (PWD) and DMRC director — Jung reviewed the progress of the project and asked them to complete the work in a time-bound manner.
The DMRC director presented a ‘Feasibility study for operation of trams on Chandni Chowk road’, which looks at decongesting the walled city. The study examined the volume of traffic, parking issues and pedestrian count in the area.
According to officials, the proposed tram line is expected to be 4.5 km long and will run in a loop around the Chandni Chowk area. It will take approximately 15 minutes to travel the entire line. The line is also expected to carry 200 passengers in two coaches. Further, trams will ply at an interval of two minutes. The line is expected to provide integrated movement between the tram stops and Old Delhi railway station. The tram stops are expected to be at a distance of 250 mts to 0.5 km.
Jung also took stock of the steps taken to improve parking facilities in the area. He directed the commissioner (North corporation) to complete the work on Dangal Maidan and upgrade the existing Gandhi Maidan parking.
PWD — which was assigned to redevelop the area in February 2013 — also told the L-G that traffic has been diverted and re-routed so that one carriageway is available to PWD for uninterrupted work. Officials said work is currently in progress at the carriageway from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Jal Board informed the L-G that two pump houses, currently not in use, will be removed immediately from areas where work is underway.
The CEO also said that the old water and sewer lines will be replaced since the carriageway has been dug up and the existing lines are too old. Jung then directed that the new pipes should be able to cater to future demands of the area.
Jung was also assured that BSES transformers and MTNL godowns will be shifted out of the area.