Chandni Chowk will soon become the first locality in the national capital where only pedestrians, cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws will be allowed between 9 am and 9 pm everyday, an official said.
The decision was taken at a governing body meeting of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) on Monday. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
The UTTIPEC has approved the proposal for pedestrianisation of Chandni Chowk, the official said.
However, the timeline for the implementation of the move is yet to be decided.
It 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, the official said.
He said 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 2 metres to 3.5 metres with 5.5 metres of carriage way 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 L-G.