Lieutenant Guv clears proposal to run them to connect Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid with Chandni Chowk and Subhash Marg
It is part of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment plan to have the tram on a 3-km long route, running alongside the wide footpaths.
The plan is to prohibit the motorised vehicles and allow only non-motorised ones to ply alongside the tram lane.
Trams were first introduced in Delhi on March 6, 1908 at the behest of Viceroy Lord Hardinge connecting Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazar and stopped in 1963 for the simple reason that there was no more space for them due to growing number of vehicles in the city.
Veteran journalist and Delhi chronicler R V Smith told The Hindu daily that in its heyday, the tram used to be the most convenient and cheap means of conveyance as the tickets were prices at half anna, one anna, two annas and four annas.
It used to move so slowly that the people could easily jump off buy Biryani and snacks and then board the train.
When Delhi has decided to bring back the good old trams, no wonder that Mumbai too will not lag behind.