Chandni Chowk redevelopment-plan in Delhi should be suspended for 26-28 October 2019 to ease pedestrian movement in Diwali days

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/22/2019 1:01:38 PM

Dear Editor,
Historic Chandni Chowk in walled city of Delhi between Red Fort and Fatehpuri mosque is presently undergoing redevelopment for restoring its glory as major tourist-attraction of ancient era, with complete road closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Although redevelopment-plan has badly hurt trade-activities in area, but was unavoidable.
Road-stretch between Red Fort and Gurudwara Sisganj is nearing completion, but will not be complete before Diwali-rush starting from Dhanteras on 26.10.2019. Delhi government should ensure day-night super-fast working on this stretch till midnight of 25.10.2019 after which work on this stretch may be suspended from 26.10.2019 till Diwali on 28.10.2019 with partially completed stretch open for pedestrians for these three days. It is necessary because famous Dariba bazar between this stretch is considered auspicious for purchase of idols of Ganesh-Laxmi and silverwares, thus not only for traders in Dariba but also for those coming from far-away localities for auspicious-considered purchases.
Devotees of Gurudwara Sisganj traditionally light candles outside Gurudwara on day of Diwali. Therefore in interest of devotees, general public and Dariba traders, Lt Governor and Delhi Government should open stretch between Red Fort and Gurudwara Sisganj for pedestrian movement for limited period from 26-28 October 2019. Also road-blocks kept unnecessarily at Chandni Chowk side of Dariba should be permanently removed.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi.



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