Central verge to be developed for full view of heritage structures on either side
With the Heritage Circuit plans underway,Darya Ganj will get a completely new look. Though there will be no intervention in the heritage buildings,the entire landscape around the area,which is part of the initial stretch from Red Fort to Delhi Gate,will be redeveloped.
According to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),which has worked out the project,the Darya Ganj stretch needs maximum attention as it has been neglected for far too long.
Darya Ganj is one of the most important localities of Old Delhi,but little attention has been paid to this stretch. Most of the buildings on the stretch are of historical value, A G K Menon,convenor,INTACH Delhi Chapter,said
The plan is to broaden the central verge on the stretch and develop it as a plaza. There are three lanes on one side of the road and two lanes on the other. To create space for the central verge,both the roads could have two lanes each, explained Annabel Lopez,an INTACH official working on the project.
Developing the central verge is the most important part as this will give pedestrians a clearer view of the heritage buildings on either side. Now,the pedestrians walk on either side of the road under these heritage structures, Lopez added. This central verge will have food kiosks and signages with information on the area.
However,footpaths on either side will be retained to access the shops and buildings on the stretch. To decongest the stretch,the project suggests diverting heavy traffic to the Outer Ring Road.
Some heritage structures on this stretch are Delhi Gate,Darya Ganj Police Station,Masjid Nabi Baksh,Golcha Cinema,LIC Building,Pustak Mahal,Masjid Roshan-ul-dola and the Capital Surgical Co. Ltd.
Intervention is also being made in the heritage buildings as they fall under the state archaeology department, Lopez said. We are trying to create a pattern throughout the Heritage Circuit by using the same material for the central verge and entrances to heritage buildings. Sandstone,quartzite and cement concrete paving will be used to create a floor pattern.
Darya Ganj has great potential to attract tourists. The lighting of the central verge will be divided,with white lights focusing on the kiosks and yellow lights on the walkway, Lopez explained.