Chandni Chowk to Tendulkar Chowk?
Area councillor Suman Kumar Gupta is planning to move a resolution seeking the renaming
There's good news for Sachin Tendulkar fans, as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is considering naming a square (chowk) or a street in the master blaster's name.
Sach ado about nothing! Chandni Chowk, which was once divided by
canals to reflect moonlight, may be renamed after (below) Sachin.
However, there's a shocker for those living in Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk councillor Suman Kumar Gupta is planning to move a resolution seeking the renaming of Chandni Chowk to Tendulkar Chowk.
Lot of history
Built in 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, Chandni Chowk was once divided by canals to reflect moonlight, but closed now.
Mayor Rajni Abbi yesterday said that MCD has received representations from hundreds of people to honour Tendulkar but no decision has been taken yet.
"There are demands for naming a street or chowk after Tendulkar. A meeting of the MCD House on January 11 may consider these demands," Abbi said. When asked about renaming Chandni Chowk, she said there is no such proposal.
However, the move has attracted criticism from some quarters, as several prominent people from the city point out that roads are named only posthumously.
Except for a road in the name of Nelson Mandela, not a single stretch in the capital is named after a living person.
MCD Works Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgain said there are other people who deserve the honour. "In terms of contribution the city, it is E Sreedharan who deserves it more than Tendulkar," he said.