Good old trams set to return to Delhi

Lieutenant Guv clears proposal to run them to connect Red Fort  and Fatehpuri Masjid with Chandni Chowk and Subhash Marg

Good old trams set to return to Delhi

NEW DELHI : Trams that stopped plying on Delhi’s roads in the 1960s after over five decades are making the comeback, thanks to a proposal cleared by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to run them in Old Delhi 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.

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