DMRC to give estimate on trams

DMRC to give estimate on trams

The Delhi government has moved a step ahead on the proposal of running trams in the city. The Public Works Department (PWD) has sought the details of estimated expenses for setting up infrastructure for trams, from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Earlier this month, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had called a meeting of PWD officials and asked them to develop city’s Chandni Chowk area for operating trams. He also asked the officials to make the tram route close to the historical places in Old Delhi.

“The LG has already given his nod for the project and this is the first step in which we have sought DMRC’s help for estimation of the project. Once we receive a reply, further process will be initiated,” said a senior PWD official. The route of proposed tram service has been fixed from Lal Quila to Kaudiya Pul via Chandni Chowk, Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Town Hall, Fatehpuri Masjid and Old Delhi railway station.

Every tram will have two coaches and its total capacity will be 100 people. According to the proposal, the coaches will be air conditioned and will run on electricity from overhead wires but unlike traditional trams, its speed will be faster.

“A 17-feet broad road has been proposed along with the tram line. Movements of motor vehicles is prohibited on the adjoining road, however, cycle rickshaws and bicycles are allowed to roam on the roads. The proposed roads will be free for emergency vehicles,” the official added.

Asked about the possible fare of the tram service, the official said, “The primary motto behind this is to enhance public transport with a glimpse of glorious history of Old Delhi. Though it depends on the consideration of Delhi metro but the fares will be certainly low,” he added.