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DELHI | Tram

Delhi's tram system opened on 6 March 1908. At its zenith in 1921 there were 24 open cars utilising 15 km of track. The system was in operation until about 1963.

Now after 50 years, trams are likely to make a comeback on the busy streets of the Walled City. This is part of the Shahjehanabad Redevelopment Project, which seeks to restart trams along with non-motorised vehicles at Chandni Chowk and its neighbouring areas.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung gave in-principle approval to the project in March. It is now with the UTTIPEC, the agency that gives final approval to transport and infrastructure projects in the Capital, which is looking at its technical feasibility. While the PWD already has a detailed project plan prepared by a private consultant, sources said the DMRC may also prepare its own detailed project report once it is officially roped in by Delhi government to execute the project.
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Trams to run in Chandni Chowk in 3 years

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The construction of trams under the Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan will be completed in three years, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) informed Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday.

Jung and Union minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan were jointly reviewing the progress of the work being undertaken in Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid precincts.

The DMRC managing director stated that the feasibility study shows that the ridership of the proposed tram will be 1 lakh people per day and 5,000 people per hour during peak hours in each direction of the line. The tram line is expected to be 4.55 km long and will run in a loop in the Chandni Chowk area. Six two-coach trams, with a capacity of 200, will run on the line. The frequency of the tram will be 2-3 minutes. The tram will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the entire length.

The Public Works Department (PWD), which is executing the redevelopment project, said the shifting and relocation of old water and sewer lines of Delhi Jal Board, BSES transformers, MTNL and police posts was on track.
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Trams ran from 1908 to 1963 and connected Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazar.

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Trams to chug through Old Delhi by 2017

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I hope trams r good looking instead of kolkatta type
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Currently they are constructing ducts to shift all cables & pipelines ug in Chandi Chowk area to improve aesthetics & provide clear view of heritage structures. But introducing trams will add to cable clutter But plus is they will implement non-motorized zones & sidewalks for pedestrians, shoppers & tourists and add fountains, landscaping etc., but instead of tram imo they should have opted for bus or some other mode which does not use overhead electric supply
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x-post from Delhi projects thread, June 25th, 2014

Old Delhi on way to regain lost glory

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The long-awaited Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan has finally started on the ground, with various agencies like Public Works Department and traffic police working in tandem with locals to make Old Delhi's facelift a reality in record time.
The first phase of work, which started on Sunday, entails removal of all overhead wires, mostly electrical, and laying them underground. Costing approximately Rs.44 crore, the initial phase is expected to be completed within one year. Once the work is over, tourists and shoppers coming to Delhi's heritage area will be able to walk at ease as the roads will be pedestrian friendly.

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"PWD is digging trenches which will be approximately 3 m wide and 1.5 m deep to accommodate all overhead wirings be it of BSES, MTNL and others," a senior PWD official said. Provision will also be made to accommodate other lines, including LPG connections.

"All overhead transmission, telecom and water lines will be inside a duct under the ground. This model will be similar to the project that had been undertaken in Connaught Place's Middle Circle. It will clean up the overhead mess that has been prevalent in this area for several decades," the official said.

The work is set to happen in total six phases of one month each, starting off from Fatehpuri road to Town Hall, from Town Hall to Fountain Chowk, Fountain Chowk to Red Fort Chowk and then working on the northern carriageway on the same route. The Delhi Traffic Police, meanwhile, has also requested for a provision for laying cables of the CCTVs to be installed later in the market area.

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Once the proposed Metro station near Red Fort opens up, the footfall will increase in the area tremendously. Keeping this in mind, the civic agencies and traffic authorities are trying to complete the plan in a fixed timeframe. The redevelopment plan has also got a backing of Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan.

A lane of 2.5 m width has been provided next to the central verge for the movement of light vehicles such as cars, autos, two-wheelers and for rickshaws. For pedestrian movement, besides the approaches from the footpath at the ends of the barricading, at least two crossover points will be made available for approaching the shops from the southern carriageway.

PWD officials said the real challenge will come up in the second phase of the redevelopment plan, which is facing stiff opposition from both residents and traders. "The Lt. Governor has given the go ahead for the second phase as well. The stretch from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid will be decongested, wherein no motor vehicles will be permitted on the area. In addition to that, there will be 18 m wide footpath on either side which will have trams plying on them," the official added.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/o.../1/368402.html
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Trams to link Jama Masjid with 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.
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