Saturday, February 13, 2010

Release Rs 500 cr to MCD for facelift of Chandni Chowk: Goel

New Delhi, Feb 12 (UNI) Expressing concern over the deteriorating condition of Delhi's heritage area Chandni Chowk, former Union Minister Vijay Goel today demanded that the Delhi Government should release at least Rs 500 crore to Municipal Corporation of Delhi for immediate uplift of the area.

He added if the action would not be taken in a week's time, the BJP leader would sit on a dharna and take out demonstrations in the capital.

''It seems Chandni Chowk has now become 'Barbadi' Chowk. The Delhi Government should immediately release Rs 500 crore to the MCD so that the civic body can start work for its makeover,'' Mr Goel told mediapersons.

Putting forth the problems that the area has been facing since long and needed immediate attention of the government, the All India General Secretary of BJP said the condition of historic buildings, roads, sewerage system, traffic management, pavements and hanging wires, among others, was very poor.

''The condition of the Walled City is pathetic and the Chief Minister should realise what impact will it have on foreign tourists when they will visit the capital during Commonwealth Games,'' he said.

He asserted that while Rs 900 crore have been spent on uplift of Connaught Place, ''not a single penny has been spent to protect the 'havelis' of Shahjahanabad.''

The former MP, through media, also invited Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and area MP Kapil Sibal to visit Chandni Chowk along with him and face the reality.

Mr Goel also showed various photographs of the area that he had clicked recently to show its present state.

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