Trams to link Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk

Jama Masjid will also come on the map of the tram service planned in Chandni Chowk with the PWD getting the nod to expand the Rs 300-crore project, whose execution is facing hurdles due to old underground pipelines and cables and encroachment by places of worship.

Elsewhere in the city, the Public Works Department’s half-a-dozen key projects are awaiting the approval of the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) which is studying the proposals, said an official.

Public Works Department Secretary Arun Baroka said the tram project and the Chandni Chowk redevelopment work will be a model for the entire country.

“We have just got the instruction to also touch Jama Masjid. Beautifying the road opposite Old Delhi railway station was recently added to the original plan,” he said, dismissing doubts about PWD’s commitment to conserve the environment and plant trees in place of those cut during its projects.

 “The 4.48-km stretch of the tramway will touch the Fatehpuri Masjid and Jama Masjid, besides help shift overhead cables to an underground duct,” he said.

Minor problems

Due to a water pipeline, the work on making cable ducts is facing minor problems. “We have paid Rs 50 lakh to Delhi Jal Board for replacing old sewer lines and water lines which are leaking,” said an official.

“The presence of encroachments by five religious structures and police pickets are also posing a challenge,” said a Public Works Department official, adding the Delhi Metro would give a detailed project report in February.

The tram project may take nearly three years to complete and once the services begin, one lakh passengers are likely to use the service daily. 

The two-way tram track will be spread over 4.48-km and the trains will have a frequency of two minutes.

The trams will run in a loop in the Chandni Chowk area. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the entire length and is expected to carry 200 passengers across two coaches. Formal approval

Meanwhile, sources in the department said the formal approval of project drawings and other sanctions were taking up some time at UTTIPEC. 

The projects that are suffering delays include improvement of Outer Ring Road from IIT Gate to National Highway 8, improvement of corridor from Andheria Mod to Mahipalpur up to NH8, development works near GT Road from Azadpur Juntion to Rani Jhansi Road junction, Najafgarh Road near Raja Garden, Pankha Road and Ring Road to Cariappa Marg.

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