On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the newly revamped Chandni Chowk. From no traffic zones to new food joint timings, here’s all you need to know about the city’s wholesale shopping and street food hub. By Anushka Goel
On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated Chandni Chowk, which was being revamped to become more tourist-friendly and easier to navigate. The newly-redeveloped hotspot now has a pedestrian-friendly zone, longer working hours for street food joints, and increased safety for travellers.
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Speaking at the inauguration, the Delhi CM said, “Street food joints will be allowed to open for three-four more hours till 12am so that people can come here in the night and enjoy. Lots of street food joints will be opened after closure of the market,” reports Hindustan Times.
The redevelopment project focusses on pedestrians as 2.5 metres-wide walkways have been provided for those on foot. Further, the main Chandni Chowk stretch, between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri Masjid crossing, has been turned into a pedestrian-friendly corridor, beautified using red granite stone, lights, plants, street furniture and more, reports India TV. What’s more, this stretch will be a ‘No Traffic’ zone from 9am to 9pm, reports the media house.
Finally! #ChandniChowk revamp all done ?
Come visit the iconic heritage place which is now restored to its old glory! pic.twitter.com/RSgrhij64A
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Apart from being pedestrian-friendly, safety and surveillance have been the focus for the revamped Chandni Chowk project, reports Times of India. The redeveloped stretch has 197 electric poles, and a total of 124 CCTV cameras have been installed all over the area, reports India TV.
The Chandni Chowk redevelopment project was approved in August 2018, and since then, has faced several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world. Now the revamped stretch, with increased facilities such as toilets, ATMs, and more, is expected to attract more tourists, especially foodies—who can visit long after the markets close—to indulge in the gastronomic street food on offer.