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CP project completion delayed till June

Hamari Jamatia, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 27, 2013
First Published: 23:46 IST(27/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:47 IST(27/2/2013)

The Connaught Place project, which has seen an umpteen number of deadlines, may now be completed only in June. The construction of the utility duct in the Middle Circle needs more time.

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Service lines such as those of telephone and electricity lines will go underground in this duct, which will help in doing away with the ugly meshes of wires overhead.

The project consultant Engineers India Limited (EIL) has approached the NDMC with a plan to make a steel box service duct across the Outer Circle at four locations. This duct will finally complete and connect the service corridor.

"This work will need extra time but I will register my protest for the delay," said member of NDMC Karan Singh Tanwar.

To complete the project, the EIL has asked for a deadline extension till June 30 as opposed to the April deadline.

The proposal to extend the deadline has been tabled in the agenda of the meeting to be held on Thursday.

"Though EIL has delayed the completion of the work, the project is in an advanced stage of completion and some of the important works such as restoration of the façade, civil work of service corridor and surface development are nearing completion," reads the agenda.

According to the officials, the new duct will not lead to any increase in the overall budget of the project that has been kept at Rs. 477 crore.

"There is an additional expenditure of Rs. 3.7 crore on the new duct but it will be adjusted as several plans have been dropped," said an official.

These dropped plans include creation of an underground parking and centralised air-conditioning.


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