The Delhi government has decided to launch a tram service in Old Delhi for better connectivity, the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday.
The service is projected to cover Jama Masjid, Digamber Jain Mandir, Lal Quila, Sheeshganj Gurudwara, Old Delhi Railway Station and the New Delhi Railway Station.
Sisodia himself made a recce of the area on Tuesday and informed of the government’s plans to “redevelop and take forward the cultural heritage” of Old Delhi. He described the task as a ‘challenge’.
One of the endemic problems of the Old Delhi area is traffic jams. This is where the government hopes trams can bring relief.
Trams, which are a widely used means of public transport across Europe, are running well in Kolkata and are due to make a comeback to Mumbai. In Delhi too, trams started by the British operated till the 1960s.
Through the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (made to conserve architecture and natural heritage of Delhi), the government has decided to carry out several development projects in Old Delhi, Sisodia said.
“No work was done after the corporation was constituted… Only planning was done and officials were paid,” Sisodia said.