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CP dug-up and ugly, but NDMC sets out to make Paris pretty

htreporters, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 11, 2013
First Published: 21:48 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:05 IST(12/7/2013)
The multiple deadline-missing yet-not-complete Connaught Place revamp project might not be complete yet, but the New Delhi Municipal Council has already started receiving accolades for it.

Council officials have claimed that, impressed by the revamp bid, the mayor of Paris has sent a letter inviting NDMC officials to travel and share their success mantra with French civic officials.

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Arun Kumar Mishra, spokesperson, NDMC, said the invitation has been sent to the NDMC chairperson. "The French Ambassador to India has written to chairperson Archana Arora inviting her and a delegation to Paris. The invitation comes from the mayor of Paris as they want to replicate CP's success model there," Mishra said.

Confirming the development, an official of the French Embassy told Hindustan Times, "The City of Paris recently invited NDMC representatives to visit the French capital. This invitation was issued as part of the long-existing exchanges between the authorities of Paris and Delhi cities, both large agglomerations of comparable size and urban challenges, such as those of transport and historical and architectural heritage conservation of the highest order."

The official said it so happens that both these cities are currently conducting large-scale urban regeneration projects at their historic city centres: Place de la République in Paris and Connaught Place in New Delhi.

"The authorities in Paris have hence proposed that a delegation from Delhi could travel to Paris to visit Place de la République and exchange experiences on such projects, which are complex by nature and involve numerous aspects - transport, development of trade and leisure activities, green spaces, to mention a few," he said.

According to sources, if the NDMC accepts the invitation, senior engineering department officials will visit Paris between July 14 and 16.

The Connaught Place revamp bid has missed the latest deadline of June 30 too, with work left on various projects.


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