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Locals resist trams in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

DELHI

Local residents and traders in Chandni Chowk are sceptical about the reintroduction of trams in their area as they fear construction work on the proposed 2.5 km stretch will further choke traffic on the already chaotic roads. As part of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung had given an in-principle nod to the proposal to bring back trams on Delhi’s roads.

While trams were first introduced in 1908 in Delhi, they had disappeared from the roads in 1960 following the growing traffic pressure. Now, local residents and traders are worried that the yesteryear means of transport will only add up to the traffic chaos in the busy Chandni Chowk area. “While, it was originally a four-lane road on either side, yet the Chandni Chowk main road has been reduced to a two-lane road as there are cars parked on either side of the main road. Moreover, the remaining lanes are a nightmare to drive on as cycle-rickshaws and e-rickshaws are all over the place,” Ballimaran resident Karan Yadav told Mail Today.

Read more at India Today

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