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Chandni Chowk traffic mess: HC asks govt to submit zonal development plan

The advocate also said the transportation plans were different in the four separate maps created for the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2014 1:17:18 am
High Court has been monitoring the redevelopment of the Walled City  since 2007. (Express Archive) High Court has been monitoring the redevelopment of the Walled City since 2007. (Express Archive)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the DDA to file the original Zonal Development Plan (ZDP) of Chandni Chowk after it was informed by petitioner NGO that the plan submitted to it by shopkeepers of Chandni Chowk was incorrect.

“The ZDP and the Master Plan both call for creation of segregated cycle tracks and rickshaw lanes on all arterial roads, including specific areas of Chandni Chowk and East Delhi. Plans submitted earlier indicating that rickshaws are not allowed in Chandni Chowk are incorrect,” advocate Indira Unninayar said.

The advocate also said the transportation plans were different in the four separate maps created for the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk.

“What is your transportation plan, let us see that,” the court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice S Muralidhar said.

The High Court has been monitoring the issue of redevelopment of the Walled City through a petition filed by the NGO Manushi Sangathan in 2007. The court had last year directed the government to start implementing the development plan for the area and create dedicated non-motor vehicle lanes.

Earlier this year, the government had submitted a proposal to ban motorised vehicles from the main road in Chandni Chowk and start a tram system for the convenience of pedestrians.

The court directed the government to formulate a policy on e-rickshaws, stating that these vehicles would have to be considered while creating a lane system. “It is a matter of concern as their numbers are increasing every day,” the bench said.

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