Restoration work in Delhi’s Chandini Chawk has been completed and it is now open to the public. Shopkeepers and vendors have struggled during the lockdown in 2020 and 2021 and were unable to feed their families. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the revamped Chandni Chowk market and announced new timings for food joints the street is famous for. The revamped street invites people there with beautifully modified streets and reduced overhead cables. Aravind Kejriwal said “it has already become an important tourist place. Street food joints will be allowed to open for 3-4 more hours till 12 am so that people can come here in the night and enjoy.”
Chandni Chowk is a busy shopping area in the heart of Delhi with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry, and vivid sarees. The narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery, and traditional Indian sweets.
Some kinds of declarations were made by the CM at the time of inauguration. The revamped street has specifications- a non-motorised vehicle zone from 9 am to 9 pm, a map of the stretch has been installed near the entrance. There are main gates that are only meant for pedestrians and were shut to vehicles. Five eight-seater golf carts had also been assigned especially for the day and were being tried out as a ‘sample’.
Moreover, the revamped street looks stunningly beautiful with its colors and textures. The colors used for the redeveloped stretch mirror those of the Red Fort. The scramble crossing between Chandni Chowk and Red Fort too provides continuity in color and theme.
Due to rising pollution, the construction of the redevelopment was banned in the winter of 2019, and the inauguration which was expected to happen this year’s April got postponed amid the Covid surge.