The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the chief secretary to create a committee and appoint a chief nodal officer (CNO) to review the maintenance and incomplete redevelopment works at Chandni Chowk, and said it was imperative to ensure that the work done does not deteriorate. A lot of money, time and effort have been spent on it.
Step one ₹The Chandni Chowk redevelopment project, which cost Rs 99 crore, aims to reduce and preserve the heritage of the Mughal era market between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri mosque, which was inaugurated on September 12 last year. The Chandni Chowk redevelopment project, which was formulated in 2006, was launched in December 2018 after a long delay, following the directions of the Delhi High Court.
“With so much time and effort and money gone into the redevelopment of the Chandni Chowk area, it is imperative that the work done does not deteriorate and the situation will return before the redevelopment begins. The nodal officers of all agencies, therefore, should form a committee headed by the chief nodal officer (CNO), which shall inform this court of the rest of the work and management. ”The bench said in oral order.
Benjamin Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Dutta’s bench listened to the plea that delays in completing the redevelopment process had been initiated and the chief nodal officer should be appointed within two weeks.
The court said the committee should include all agencies such as Municipal Corporation, Department of Public Works (PWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Water Board (DJB), and Delhi Government. It asked the CNO to call a meeting within two weeks of her appointment and submit a status report within six weeks.
However, Sanjiv Rally, a senior lawyer at Chandni Chowk Sarva Mandal, a trader’s firm, told the court that there were still some unfinished work – several cameras and lights were still not working – and that the redevelopment area was in trouble. Lack of maintenance. He said that although the traffic was banned, traffic on the redeveloped stretch stretched freely from 9 am to 9 pm. He said that sanitation and hygiene leave much to be desired and that gardening work is pending.
He drew attention to the comments made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the unfortunate situation in Chandni Chowk at its meeting in October 2021.
The court observed that the committee comprising nodal officers of various agencies should review the matter and hold meetings to rectify the situation.
The bench noted that in the past, there was a court-appointed committee to review these issues; However, with the end of the litigation and the transfer of the CNO, that committee did not convene.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for August 23.