Those who love eating, shopping or just meandering in old Delhi’s messy lanes, Chandni Chowk is a favourite. One of the oldest shopping regions and tourist attractions in the city, the place is known for its cramped gullies and congested roads that are flooded with shops and street food vendors. But now, off from its image as Delhi’s most crowded area, it has undergone a massive and much-needed transformation. The pictures of the transformed Chandni Chowk have gone viral and people are completely awestruck!

Chandni Chowk, which is all set to reopen in November, has got a 1.3 km car-free zone, stretching between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri Masjid. Only rickshaws will be permitted to run on the stretch, which will be accessible to the differently-abled people too. This is supposed to take care of all the unnecessary traffic and make people’s lives easier.

A number of people shared videos and pictures of a transformed Chandni Chowk on Twitter, applauding the development of the region.

Here are some of the prime highlights of the revamped Chandni Chowk:

1) All the electricity wires will be moved underground, which is commendable.

2) The 1.3 km stretch will be a non-motorised zone from 9 AM to 9 PM.

3) The decoration work will be done keeping Mughal architecture in mind.

4) To give it a Mughal-era feel, the place will be decorated with 175 red sandstone planters.

5) The new Chandni Chowk will also have 250 moulsari trees.

6) There will be LED lighting.

7) After the completion of revamp work, Chandni Chowk will become the first region in Delhi, restricted only for pedestrians, cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws.

8) To accommodate 2300 cars, a multilevel parking facility is being constructed by the North MCD near Gandhi Maidan.

9) Chandni Chowk makeover project is costing around 90 crore.

10) Rehabilitation on ancient sewer lines is also a part of the project.

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