The renovation work at Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place that was kicked-off ahead of the Commonwealth Games is yet to be completed. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had decided to renovate the place for the Commonwealth Games. However, it seems far from ready.
Although installation of new lights, fresh tiles, new paint and three new cooling systems have been done, the market place is yet to get escalators.
Built in the 1970s, the market had not undergone any major repair since then. An underground market, it used to be fully air-conditioned (until the revamp work started). The place has around 400 shops selling clothes and electrical goods.
The work for developing the place was given to a private firm for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning and fire safety works in January 2009.
The shopkeepers are still hoping that the work will be completed soon. "It is looking much cleaner now. We are waiting for the escalators. The NDMC says the escalators will be procured soon," said Kamaljeet Singh, one of the traders at Palika Bazaar. During summers, the traders had a hard time as the NDMC dismantled the old air conditioners to replace them with new ones.
For now, the walls of the shopping complex have been repaired and new tiles have been placed. The entry and exit points have also been repainted. However, the shopping complex is still waiting for new signages to be installed.
According to NDMC plans, it was proposed to install two escalators (both ways, that is, four in all), two at Gate No.1(main Entrance) and the other two at Central Hall of the market. The estimated cost of the escalators was quoted to be R4 crore.