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Deep pits of misery in Connaught Place

Hamari Jamatia and Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 07, 2012
First Published: 23:48 IST(7/9/2012) | Last Updated: 00:27 IST(14/9/2012)

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) set out to make the life of pedestrians easy in Connaught Place but ended up in a deep mess of its own making.

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Out of the eight subways that the civic body had planned in the shopping arcade only four could be taken up.

And even those four, after two years of work, are only deep pits surrounded by barricades, making life hell for the same shoppers for whom they had been planned.

No wonder, the traders are up in arms and demanding that the civic body should take up one projects one by one as it has clearly failed to carry out work on all sites, simultaneously.

"They have made it a habit of taking up too much work on their hand. We have asked the civic agency to carry out construction phase-wise so that rest of the area is not affected. The subway at Panchkuian Road is not required at all and they would just end up wasting money by constructing it," said Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Trader's Association.

However, the consultants have a different story to tell. "Work is progressing smoothly on all the four subways and we will try to finish work by December. The work got delayed because it took us a while to get all the required permissions," said a senior official. 

"There was a huge dip in our sales due to the construction work. The Lieutenant Governor had also said that access to all the shops in the Outer Circle shouldn't be restricted in any manner. We have been maintaining from the start that all the eight subways are not required. Constructing eight new subways was too ambitious and impractical a plan to begin with," said a trader who did not wish to be named.


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