Chandni Chowk 2.0:
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the newly developed Chandni Chowk market on Sunday. Also, he announced to convert the entire area into a tourist hub by allowing the operation of 'street food' shops till midnight. Kejriwal said people from all over Delhi are coming to see the redeveloped market and it has now become the "most important tourist destination".
Addressing a gathering near Phawara Chowk in the main market of Chandni Chowk, Kejriwal said that Chandni Chowk has become more beautiful after the redevelopment and people come here till midnight. Kejriwal declared, "It is already an important tourist destination. I have come to know that people come here till 12 o'clock. Street food shops will be allowed to open for 3-4 hours more i.e. till 12 pm so that people can come and enjoy themselves here at night. A lot of street food shops will be opened after the market is closed."
The project was earlier to be inaugurated on 17th April this year, but the program was canceled due to the second wave of COVID-19. Kejriwal said that earlier broken roads, hanging wires, traffic jams were synonymous with Chandni Chowk, but now it has become beautiful and attractive. Kejriwal said, "We have beautified about 1.4 km of Chandni Chowk market and made it very beautiful. Traffic on this section has been improved, hanging wires underground. CCTVs have been installed as part of the redevelopment project.
Responding to a question regarding widespread waterlogging in the city, a day after record heavy rains lashed the national capital, the Chief Minister said there was a need to fix the drainage system across Delhi. "We got this 'silly' drainage system as a gift from the previous governments. It was never worked before as per the need of the time. But I can assure you that after a few years, you will not see waterlogging anywhere in Delhi.
Meanwhile, BJP workers from Delhi along with a section of traders from the area held a "silent protest" against the restrictions imposed on the unloading of goods after the redevelopment at Chandni Chowk. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said that after the redevelopment, traders in the area are finding it difficult to unload their goods as the entire area has been made "non-motorized".